Sylvain Guintoli says winning the 2014 World Superbike Championship by six points is 'symbolic' in light of recent controversies concerning team orders, both within his own Aprilia team and rivals Kawasaki.

Having found himself 44 points down on title rival Tom Sykes with three rounds and six races of the season remaining, Guintoli embarked on a remarkable comeback in the final events, with three wins and three second place finishes seeing him snatch the lead in the final race.

The end result comes amidst various discussions over team orders after Guintoli's team-mate Marco Melandri moved aside for him in one race of the penultimate Magny-Cours round, only to ignore a similar order in race two.

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With this in mind, Guintoli says the eventual six point margin over Sykes is fitting, since it means he would have won the title even if Melandri had not gifted him that win in France.

"This year my fitness was perfect so I was able to be consistent and demonstrate our potential. I really began to believe after Magny-Cours, in fact I was certain: we were fast, I felt good and my team gave me great support. On the day, I showed that I am the fastest on the track. Winning the title by six points is symbolic but it is extremely important for me after all the recent controversy."

Claiming to have never felt as comfortable on the Aprilia RSV4 as he did during those pressure-filled races, Guintoli hailed both his team and his family for getting him to his first-ever world championship.

"The feelings right now are truly incredible," he said. "It was a great day, two fantastic races where I felt stronger than I have ever felt in my life. I was able to be fast without any trouble and lap times were just coming easily to me. Coming to Aprilia last year was a great opportunity for me and before my shoulder injury I was in the battle for the championship so it was a shame to lose so much ground because of my physical conditions.

"I want to thank a lot of people, starting with my family who gave me stability and had faith in me, as well as supporting me in these months of high pressure. I am grateful to Aprilia. They provided me with the best bike I have ever ridden and a team that has become like a second family to me."

As it stands, Guintoli's movements for the 2015 WSBK season are yet to be determined, though he has been strongly linked with a move to PATA Honda in place of Jonathan Rea since Aprilia is anticipated to scale back its WSBK efforts in favour of putting its emphasis behind its burgeoning MotoGP effort.


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Don't see there is any real controversy.
Melandri moved over once for Guintoli.
Baz moved over once for Sykes.
That's it.