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WSBK Assen: Guintoli extends lead despite late race drops

Late advances by rivals prevent Sylvain Guintoli from scoring better at Assen, but he still increases his overall lead in the standings.
Sylvain Guintoli has extended his advantage at the top of the World Superbike Championship standings to 28 points, despite losing out to rivals on the way to third and sixth at Assen.

With four consecutive podiums under his belt coming into the third round, Guintoli extended that to five in race one when he crossed the line third, even if a late overtake from Jonathan Rea denied him an even better result.

Similarly, Guintoli was in contention for the podium in race two as well, but would find himself demoted by Loris Baz and Rea in the closing stages, before a last corner pass by Chaz Davies dropped him back to sixth.

Despite this, Guintoli actually comes away from the event having added six points to his overall margin, a fact he is satisfied with, particularly ahead of the next round at Monza.

“It's too bad about the end of race two. I enjoy a fight in the last laps but this time I just wasn't able to do it. In race one, on the other hand, Rea and I put on a good show and in the end Jonny got the best of me but I had fun.

“In the second race Tom and my team mate Laverty really had an unbeatable pace. Let's just say that the second race didn't go great, but I was able to increase my lead in the championship, widening the gap in front of my closest rivals, and that's important, especially considering the fact that the next round is Monza, a circuit where Aprilia has always been a strong player.”




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Penelope Pitstop - Unregistered

April 29, 2013 2:58 PM

Sylvain has always been a likeable chap but has never had a top bike to ride that would allow him to show just how good he actually is. This year is different but now he has to contend with good bikes from Kawasaki and BMW. Its too close to call who will win this year as all the contenders are having inconsistent results. I might be stating the obvious but I really think the most consistent rider will win the WC and that there will be at least three riders in with a shout at the very end. And that is what makes WSB so very exciting.



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