Sylvain Guintoli was unable to hold off his Aprilia Racing Team team-mate in both races at the Malyasian circuit of Sepang this weekend, and left with two second position finishes.
|Guintoli was close to winning both races
Photo: Steven English
At the World Superbike paddock’s debut weekend at the Sepang International Circuit, the French-man started from pole position after ending the opening day on top of the timing sheets. Leading the way in both races he was eventually caught by his team-mate Melandri and was unable to get back in-front. Losing the lead on lap 10 during race one, he was pushing to finish in first position during race two’s 10 lap dash, however despite his hardest efforts he was unable to overtake Melandri on the final lap.
Guintoli now sits just 13 points behind Tom Sykes in the championship standings “In Race 1 I thought I had implemented my strategy well, but unfortunately toward the end Marco just had a really good pace and forced me into a few mistakes. I think I did better in Race 2, trying to pull the pin straight away, but toward the end Marco quite simply had just a little more. I tried to fight back and I think we gave anybody watching the race plenty of entertainment in that last lap! We earned some important points in the championship and showed that Aprilia is back out front with a great day. Now we’ll get some rest after this really tiring weekend.”