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
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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”.