World Superbike title contender Sylvain Guintoli says it is his job to focus on doing the best that he can in a racing situation rather than rely on team orders to help him out after being beaten by Aprilia Racing team-mate Marco Melandri in Jerez.

Guintoli led both races in Spain for long periods, but was powerless to prevent Melandri from surging through in the latter stages, leaving him second at the end of each encounter.

Though questions were raised as to whether Melandri - who remains a long shot for the 2014 WSBK title - should have moved over to allow Guintoli to maximize his advantage over Tom Sykes on a day the Kawasaki rider struggled, the Frenchman was quick to swat away assertions that he would be disappointed.

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"This decision is not in my hands, said Guintoli, who has nonetheless reduced Sykes's advantage from 44 points to 31 points with two rounds remaining. "My decision is to get my head down and to beat the Kawasaki. I won't even think about it. For sure I understand that it's clear for the mathematics for the championship. But I understand that if I was in his position and I was feeling good with the bike like he is at the minute it's also difficult."

"For us it was a better race day than expected," he said. "This is not one of my favourite tracks and we struggled to be honest. I tried to stay positive but we were missing some pace and I was very confused about the tyre choice. This morning we made a big step in the right direction with the bike and I gained a lot of confidence with the race tyres as well. It's better than expected. For sure it would have better to win but we are clawing back quite a few points on Tom so it's very good."

Guintoli set about establishing a sizable lead in race two once he took the lead away from Loris Baz on the third lap. As Melandri picked off Sykes on lap eleven, Guintoli was 1.4 seconds in front.
Yet, again he was unable to resist the Italian as his lead shrunk and he eventually relinquished the lead on lap 16.

"We came here to get some points from Tom," he told after race two. "We did the job twice on a track that last year he beat me twice. So we made some steps forward and did a good job. It wasn't the perfect one but Marco was very, very strong on this track.

"I was expecting this and I tried my best. Every single lap, every single corner, trying not make any mistakes and to be precise and push until the end. I can't be disappointed because I tried everything I could.

"I knew Marco would be strong in the end. Also I had Tom on my ass for quite a long time! I was trying to break him at the start because I didn't want to finish the race with him. Obviously he is thinking the same as I am. I was trying to break and go away from him and when I did that I kind of knew Marco would come.

"I tried to save my tyre until the end and save myself, to be precise without being silly because I could control Tom but it wasn't enough. I had more answers than race one for him but I was just missing a few points."