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‘Difficult’ weekend as Guintoli cedes lead

1 September 2013

Sylvain Guintoli says he will refocus ahead of the next World Superbike round in Turkey after a fairly anonymous race day at the Nurburgring saw him slip behind in the fight for the title.

Having struggled to mount a front running challenge all weekend, though Guintoli's consistency was able to secure him two top five finishes in fourth and fifth, the Frenchman never appeared capable of challenging for a race win.

With main rival Tom Sykes securing his sixth success of the season, Aprilia rider Guintoli finds himself one point behind the Kawasaki rider with four rounds of the season remaining.

“This was a difficult weekend on a very physical track. In Race one I couldn't find my rhythm in the first laps, dropping behind the leaders and having to ride alone, fending off attacks. In Race two the changes we made to my RSV4 really worked well. I pushed hard to catch Sykes up and when I did my plan was to attack in the last lap, but unfortunately the red flag stopped the race.

“My only consolation is that my shoulder responded well. I was able to push hard all the way to the end in both races without serious problems. It hurts now, but as long as I'm on the bike everything is OK.

“We'll go to Turkey as pursuers, but it's a track that I like where I think I can make a good play for it just as well as the other four or five riders who have proven to be consistently fast”


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