Guintoli "I pushed hard and gave it my all"

Aprilia Racing Team’s Sylvain Guintoli had a successful weekend at Donington Park, finishing both races on the podium at his ‘home’ track. The Frenchman secured two podium finishes at the Leicestershire circuit behind unbeatable Sykes. 

Guintoli finished top Aprilia at Donington

Photo: Aprilia Racing 

Starting from second position under scorching skies, Gunitoli began to loose touch of race leader Sykes by the 11th lap of race one and after a battle with Jonathan Rea and Marco Melandri he secured third position in the esses’, finishing the race 1.429 behind Melandri in second position. The 30 year old then re-grouped and came back stronger for race two. Despite finishing 8.035 seconds behind untouchable Tom Sykes, Guintoli finished a solid second position and now leads the championship by just four points. 

Guintoli said  “I’m quite pleased with the way Race 2 went, not only because of the result. I pushed hard and gave it my all for the entire race, but Sykes was just impossible to beat today. In the first race, on the other hand, I made a few too many mistakes which cost me second place, and considering the lap times I was putting without them I would have been able to close the gap more. In any case third and second are excellent results for the championship on a track where we are not able to take full advantage of the RSV4′s potential. Now we are off for Portimao, a track which is very well suited for the characteristics of my Aprilia, where we will be able to do some good teamwork”.

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