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WSBK Portimao: Guintoli blown off course by high winds

Windy conditions leave Sylvain Guintoli chasing his main WSBK rivals in Superpole at Portimao, but he expects better luck in the races.
World Superbike Championship title contender Sylvain Guintoli is hoping he is due a reversal of trends this weekend after 'struggling' in qualifying at Portimao.

The Frenchman came into the Portuguese event as a measure of consistency so far this season having started no lower than fifth, while he is now one of only three riders to have scored in each 2014 race.

However, qualifying in Portimao would prove a trickier affair for Guintoli, the Aprilia Racing rider hampered by the high winds that often circulate in the Algarve, preventing him from being as 'accurate' on his flying lap.

Though he doesn't expect the issues to hamper him the races, he is now hoping he can reverse the recent trend of 'going backwards' by finishing higher than his grid position this time.

“Unfortunately, as has happened during other weekends, the strong wind gave me some problems,” he said. “It isn't a problem that will affect me during the race where pace is the priority, but when pushing the bike to the limit on a qualifier tyre I'm unable to be as accurate as I need to be to follow my ideal line.

“I have been really fast in practice recently and then I've struggled in the races, so I hope this is where that trend will be reversed! Now we need to carefully analyse the data and try some things during tomorrow morning's warm up sessions. If we are able to improve we will be able to shoot for a good result.”



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