Aprilia Racing team manager Romano Albesiano says he is not planning to introduce team orders for his World Superbike riders despite Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri's collision at Portimao.
Guintoli and Melandri have been closely matched in terms of performance since Melandri broke his 2014 WSBK victory duck at Sepang, culminating in a controversial collision in the wet at Portimao that eliminated the Italian from the race and cost Guintoli crucial points.
Though Albesiano says he was unhappy with the circumstances of the incident, he remains against the idea of team orders in order to maximise its leading rider - currently Guintoli - suggesting such a policy is 'against the sport'.
“It was a mistake, a big one,” he told the WSBK website referring to the Portimao clash. “It happens, especially when you have two top riders and you don't give team orders. It happened first to Kawasaki, then to us. We are definitely not happy with it, but we must accept it. The riders have talked about it in a peaceful way after the crash and it's all behind us now.”
“We thought about giving team orders a lot, but we still believe it's not worth to be done now. I think these kinds of decisions are a little bit against the sport and we don't like them very much.
Even so, Albesiano admits the situation may change in the final rounds, particularly as the recent reduction to the calendar means Melandri appears even less likely to mount a title challenge in 2014 over the remaining three events.
“We will see how the situation will shape up, I reckon it should happen only in exceptional cases.”