Sylvain Guintoli has moved 22 points clear at the head of the World Superbike Championship standings after putting aside his indifference of the Motorland Aragon track to collect a pair of composed second place finishes.
Coming into the weekend level at the top of the scoreboard with Aprilia Racing team-mate Eugene Laverty, Guintoli allowed his counterpart to dictate much of the attention during practice and qualifying as he 'struggled' with set-up.
However, with Laverty failing to make the most of his evident pace around the Spanish circuit come race day, Guintoli duly capitalised, producing a pair of faultless rides to chase home Chaz Davies in both races.
A boost for the Frenchman around a circuit he describes as 'dreaded, he was thrilled to take a sizeable advantage to the next round at Assen, scene of his maiden WSBK victory last season.
“In the first race I was a bit worried, because I was really struggling, as I had been throughout the weekend. Aragon is perhaps my most dreaded track, so two second places are a really great result.
“I must thank the Aprilia Team, the engineers and my crew chief, Aligi Deganello, because thanks to them I was able to ride very well in race two. The changes we kept making to the RSV4 worked as they should have even if Chaz was really impossible to beat.
“I'm going to Assen with a lot of confidence. The results today are a perfect way to announce the arrival of my fourth child!”
With a win and three second place finishes, Guintoli is already one of only two riders in the field (the other being Leon Haslam) to have finished each of the opening four races inside the top ten.