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Silverstone WSBK: Guintoli: I’m happy… that it’s over!

Sylvain Guintoli overcomes his painful shoulder to not only score two solid results at Silverstone, but extend his championship lead in the process.
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.

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.”




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Don-R

August 05, 2013 11:08 AM

Sylvain is doing a great job of damage limitation while riding with the after effects of that dislocated collar bone. It's consistency that wins championships, and unlike one or two of his competitors who flash hot and cold, he's always in the mix and racking up the points. Smart rider. Would like to see him challenge for wins again though when the injury has healed.

TalentFan

August 05, 2013 6:22 PM

Guinters is the real package for me - has been for some time, just never got the package to prove it till now. fast, consistent, measured, controlled - always in the mix and seems to ride within his and the bike's limits while still running near the front. Even injured he's been solid if not spectacular. Now more & more people are now starting to see the quality Guintoli has. Even his overtakes look planned and meticulously executed - no lairy lunges, more clean and decisive stuff. he doesn't seem to be as hard on the bike as Laverty either, and as the Aprilia looks to be a touch fragile that can only be a benefit as well. He's even a good guy and likeable off track as well and interviews well. SG is the guy to beat in 2013 for sure, and I bet Gigi is over the moon with his replacement for Max Biaggi.



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