WSBK: Guintoli ends day one on top at Sepang

Aprilia Racing Team’s Sylvain Guintoli finished the opening day at Sepang in first position on the World Superbike series début at the Malaysian circuit.

Is track experience helping Guintoli?

Photo: World SBK

The French rider ended FP1 in third position behind the two Aprilia’s of Marco Melandri and Toni Elias, a track that all three riders have experience at. Championship leader Tom Sykes finished the session in fourth with the Kawasaki Racting Team as Davide Giugliano rounded out the top five, 0.759s behind Melandri’s time of 2.05.167. The 27 riders used the 75 minute morning session to adjust to the new track as well as the humid temperatures of the tropical track.

Guintoli continued to dominate as he topped FP2 with a time of 2.05.096 ahead of Giugliano and Sykes. Melandri seemed to struggle in FP2 as he finished in seventh however combined times put him back up into second after his pace this morning. Elias’ fast pace remained as he ended FP2 in fourth position but eneded in third overall for the Red Devils Roma Aprilia team.

Guintoli ended the day feeling confident he can progress forward throughout the weekend: “The results are clear today, the RSV4 works really well here. In the last few rounds we haven’t able to use the bike’s full potential, but here we have the conditions to be able to do it and I obviously like that a lot. Not only is our flying lap fast, but our pace is too and it has been since the first session. I am also feeling good on runs over several laps. In short this has been a decidedly positive day from all points of view”.

Full times below:

1 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2’05.291 2’05.096 2’05.096 31

2 33 M.MELANDRI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2’05.167 2’05.671 2’05.167 0.071 24 T. ELIAS ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2’05.222 2’05.340 2’05.222 0.126 26 
4 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Ducati Superbike Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2’05.926 2’05.278 2’05.278 0.182 29 
5 1 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 2’05.703 2’05.283 2’05.283 0.187 30 
6 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Voltcom Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 2’06.867 2’05.356 2’05.356 
7 7 C. DAVIES GBR Ducati Superbike Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2’05.964 2’05.448 2’05.448  
8 65 J. REA GBR PATA Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 2’06.141 2’05.752 2’05.752 0.656 29 
9 76 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 2’06.177 2’05.950 2’05.950 0.854 31 
10 22 A. LOWES GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 2’06.856 2’06.089 2’06.089 0.993 11 91 L. HASLAM GBR PATA Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 2’06.846 2’06.607 2’06.607 1.511 28 
12 19 L. CAMIER GBR BMW Motorrad Italia SBK BMW S1000 RR EVO 2’08.018 2’06.898 2’06.898 1.802 32 
13 44 D. SALOM ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2’08.024 2’06.967 2’06.967 1.871 27 
14 71 C. CORTI ITA MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich M. MV Agusta F4 RR 2’07.864 2’06.978 2’06.978 1.882 25 
15 2 C. IDDON GBR Team Bimota Alstare Bimota BB3 EVO 2’08.610 2’06.981 2’06.981 1.885 37 
16 59 N. CANEPA ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 2’08.759 2’07.166 2’07.166 2.070 17 32 S. MORAIS RSA IRON BRAIN Grillini Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2’09.508 2’07.262 2’07.262 2.166 24 
18 86 A. BADOVINI ITA Team Bimota Alstare Bimota BB3 EVO 2’07.837 2’07.582 2’07.582 2.486 28 19 21 A. ANDREOZZI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2’07.830 2’08.389 2’07.830 2.734 20 9 F. FORET FRA MAHI Racing Team India Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2’08.165 2’08.585 2’08.165 3.069 30 
21 11 J. GUARNONI FRA MRS Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2’09.600 2’08.172 2’08.172 3.076 22 10 I. TOTH HUN BMW Team Toth BMW S1000 RR 2’09.373 2’08.347 2’08.347 3.251 31 
23 98 R. LANUSSE FRA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2’09.411 2’08.950 2’08.950 3.854 24 67 B. STARING AUS IRON BRAIN Grillini Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2’10.414 2’09.837 2’09.837 4.741 32 
25 99 G.MAY USA Team Hero EBR EBR 1190 RX 2’10.938 2’10.761 2’10.761 5.665 33 
26 56 P. SEBESTYEN HUN BMW Team Toth BMW S1000 RR EVO 2’12.321 2’10.825 2’10.825 5.729 35 
27 20 A. YATES USA Team Hero EBR EBR 1190 RX 2’11.191 2’13.780 2’11.191 6.095 18 
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