Sylvain Guintoli leaves Australia with the World Superbike Championship lead firmly in his back pocket as made his return to the top step of the WSBK podium at Phillip Island exactly a year after his last visit.

Having claimed his one and only win of 2013 in Australia, Guintoli would go on to repeat history with his success in race two of the day, the Frenchman emerging as the man beneficiary from an early conclusion following a red flag.

Coming after a season in which Guintoli proved a title contender but was unable to add to his victory tally, the Frenchman was delighted to be back on the top step once more.

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"In race one maybe I had a little too much faith," the Aprilia rider said. "I started off strong and toward the end I lost the right feeling with my rear tyre. The conditions were much different than they had been over the last few days but we did a good job anyway.

"In the second race I tried to look after my tyre and it worked. If I think about everything that happened during the winter I can't help but be pleased with our weekend.

"I'm finally back on the top step of the podium. I want to thank the guys who looked after me during my recovery. I'm pretty tired now but I'll have a month to recover before the next round."

Guintoli leads the standings after the first round with 41 points, ten points clear of countryman Loris Baz.