Unlucky Guintoli on podium in race 2

July 1, 2013

At the end of a difficult and unlucky weekend, AXO leaves the Imola round with a bittersweet result: the third place sealed by Sylvain Guintoli in Race 2. In Race 1, won by Tom Sykes, the AXO rider was forced to retire early in the sixth lap, as he was battling with Sykes for second place. His withdrawal was caused by a technical problem with the engine that brought the French rider's race to an early end.

The second race followed the same script as the first, with Englishman Tom Sykes immediately taking the lead. Guintoli, who was riding in fourth, gained the third spot after his teammate’s crash and had no problems in regulating Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, holding onto third place until the chequered flag was waved.

Leading the Riders’ standings from the first round of the 2013 WSBK season, after the Imola round Sylvain Guintoli slips to second place due to Tom Sykes' double win. The Frenchman is now 6 points from the English rider's lead.

Sylvain Guintoli: “Race 1 was disappointing. Unfortunately at these levels these things can happen. In Race 2 I really pushed as hard as I could. When Eugene crashed I even tried to catch Rea who was in front of me, but I wasn't able to. I'm not really happy with third place, but it was really the most we could get today. The season is still far from over. There are tracks like this one and Donington where we're weaker, but there are others where we will definitely be key players. The important thing is never to fall too far behind the leaders”.

Photo by: Alex Premoli/Aprilia Racing

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