Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli has been awarded third place in the second of today’s World Superbike races after protesting the original result after a last lap incident which saw Tom Sykes finish on the final step of the podium and tasting the champagne alongside Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty.
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The incident in question occurred on the last lap of the second race, where Sykes claims Melandri broke too early into the second chicane causing him to cut it. Sykes rejoined the track in 3rd place where he left, however Guintoli argued that the Kawasaki man slowed him whilst rejoining the circuit.
Guintoli, thinking the decision would be made immediately went straight to Parc Fermé, making it slightly awkward when the Grinner rocked up to claim the spot the results sheet said he had won…
“The decision that was taken after Sykes’ manoeuvre seemed obvious to me immediately. I’m happy with third place even though I missed out on the podium celebration because the team deserved it after working so hard. For the championship these are really important points” said Guintoli.
UPDATE: Kawasaki have successfully appealed the decision and Tom Sykes has been re-instated third.
“In Race 1 I felt like I was really fast until the halfway point and then my feeling dropped, so the fourth place finish was the most I could get. In the second race I had a better pace. The others were struggling a lot more to overtake me but in the last two laps I wasn’t able to keep Eugene and Melandri’s pace.”