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Sylvain Guintoli says he is 'angry' with himself for falling in the second World Superbike Championship race at Assen, claiming he should be celebrating a double victory in the Netherlands.
The Frenchman, who formed a title challenge last season based around just a single win, claimed his second success of the year in the first race at Assen after powering into an early advantage that he could control until a red flag five laps from home scuppered any chance for the looming Tom Sykes to challenge.
Insisting he would have had the bike to challenge Sykes had he been able to catch him, Guintoli was at least delighted to turn in fifth career WSBK win in a convincing fashion.
“In Race 1, on the other hand, I took some risks in the first few laps to try and increase the gap - a dangerous strategy but one that worked in the end. Before the race was called I was keeping an eye on Tom Sykes' comeback, trying to manage my advantage.”
Happiness would turn to frustration in race two, however, when Guintoli – having led the original start when it was red flagged after just two laps because of heavy rain – fell early on during the restart whilst on the tail of leader Jonathan Rea.
A spectacular high-side at the final corner, Guintoli's tumble may have looked race-ending, but he would quickly regroup and rejoin the race, showcasing front-running pace that would take him all the way to ninth place at the chequered flag in just eight laps.
Indeed, Guintoli says he is 'angry' about the tumble, pointing out that his pace on a damaged bike coming through traffic was proof that he would have had the speed to make it a double.
"It's a real shame about Race 2. Despite a less than perfect start I was making up ground without any difficulty. The slide in the second lap had nothing to do with any specific mistake. On a track that wet it simply doesn't take much at all. In spite of the blow to my back and damage to the footpeg and handlebar, I lapped fast and that really makes me angry because it's clear that I could have won Race 2 as well.
“I have to thank the entire team and the guys here at Aprilia Racing because they did a great job today. Even with the low temperatures my RSV4 was really working well. It just goes to show that everyone's efforts paid off."