Magic Guintoli at Portimao

June 10, 2013

Sylvain Guintoli has conquered the runner up spot twice on the difficult track of Portimao, increasing his lead in the provisional standings. The Frenchman displayed a masterful performance in Race 1, where he came back to the lead of the race, which he lost to Melandri in the very final stages of the race.

In the second round of the day, Guintoli rode smartly to preserve his tyres and to get rid of Melandri first and Rea later, to end for the second time in a day on the runner up spot. After this week end, Guintoli leads the chart with 28 points gap on Sykes and 39 on team mate Laverty.



Sylvain Guintoli: “In Race 1 I started off cautiously, trying to look after the tyres. This strategy helped me fight down to the last thousandths. It was a shame to have victory slip through my fingers, but I'm pleased with the way I managed the race. I had a few indecisions at the beginning of Race 1 but I quickly found my pace to finish the race well. After overtaking Rea I pushed to increase the gap, even risking a bit in the last turn, but fortunately everything went well and we are leaving Portimao with some important points for the championship.”

Photo by: Aprilia Racing

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