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WSBK Portimao: Win drought continues but Guintoli pulls clear

9 June 2013

Sylvain Guintoli has multiplied his lead in the World Superbike Championship standings from 4 to 28 points despite having now not won a race since February.

A model of consistency, the Frenchman has won just a single race this season – at the opening round in Australia -, but is also yet to suffer a DNF in 2013.

As such, on a day when key title rivals Eugene Laverty, Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri all suffered mixed fortunes, Guintoli's brace of second place finishes have seen him stretch clear at the head of the overall standings.

Despite this, the Aprilia rider was still frustrated to miss out on victory, especially in race one when he was overtaken by Melandri on the final lap and beaten to the line by just 0.007secs.

“I'm getting closer to winning,” he said. “Race one was as close as it's going to be. It's difficult because there are many fast riders and it's difficult to be consistent and not make mistakes. The level is so high.

“I wanted to win that first race and I think it showed on track. I was really aggressive and I really wanted it. I dived under Marco on one straight and I caught him back out of the fourth gear last corner. I really wanted it, it was there but it's not to be.

“When I ride I don't think of the championship. I just focus on doing as good as I can without making mistakes. In race one I had a massive front slide in the first corner. In race two I had a massive front slide in the last one. For sure I would have liked to have won the race but in the second it was always Eugene's race, he was faster.”


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