Sylvain Guintoli says he is looking forward to relaxing his injured shoulder after not only coming through two intensive World Superbike races at Silverstone, but extending his series lead in the process.

With a reduced programme aiding his cause last time out at the Moscow Raceway, Guintoli was unable to get the same kind of fortune at Silverstone as he got himself embroiled in two fairly boisterous races, both of which were run in tricky conditions.

With this in mind, Guintoli may have been forgiven for taking things easy, but while the Frenchman insists he was racing with his title hopes in mind, his fourth and sixth place finishes represent two good finishes on a day when Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri both struggled.

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Indeed, with both riders finishing behind him in each race, Guintoli comes away from Silverstone having extended his lead to 13 points over Sykes. With the summer break looming, Guintoli is happy to have some respite.

"I'm happy... that it's over! Unfortunately my shoulder gave me a bit of trouble today, especially at the beginning of the race when I didn't have any strength in my right arm. Practice sessions don't let you test your conditions the way 18 consecutive laps do. I fought and pushed hard when I could, but I was careful not to take any pointless risks.

"My position in the standings means that I can't throw away races and in conditions like the ones we had today it is only normal that those with less to lose will take more risks. When I have a clear head tomorrow I'll think about how to continue recovering from my shoulder injury. In the last two rounds we increased the gap despite our problems, so this is a delicate matter."