Sylvain Guintoli is taking consolation from having made significant headway towards the head of the World Superbike Championship standings, despite losing out to team-mate Marco Melandri in both races at Sepang.

The favourite for victory coming into race day after dominating practice and qualifying on pole position, Guintoli seemed even more destined for a win in race one when Tom Sykes and Loris Baz's tangle eliminated two of his strongest foes.

However, he would eventually find himself reeled in by Melandri, the Italian passing him with six laps to go and rebuffing his efforts to get through on the final lap.

Race two would prove yet more agonising for Guintoli as he attempted to sprint away from the field in a shortened ten lap encounter. However, Melandri would catch him by the final lap, the pair exchanging position before the Italian got the edge at the last bend.

Nonetheless, despite the frustrating outcome for him personally, Guintoli - who is now just 13 points behind Sykes in the overall standings - was proud to be part of Aprilia's dominant weekend.

"In Race 1 I thought I had implemented my strategy well, but unfortunately toward the end Marco just had a really good pace and forced me into a few mistakes. I think I did better in Race 2, trying to pull the pin straight away, but toward the end Marco quite simply had just a little more.

"I tried to fight back and I think we gave anybody watching the race plenty of entertainment in that last lap! We earned some important points in the championship and showed that Aprilia is back out front with a great day. Now we'll get some rest after this really tiring weekend."


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