Guintoli third at Assen

April 29, 2013

It was a positive weekend for AXO the one that kicked off on the legendary track at Assen in the fourth round of the World SBK season, as Sylvain Guintoli has clinched a good third spot in Race 1 and a sixth place in Race 2, as a result of which he increases the lead in the provisional standings. The French riders now leads the chart with 28 points of advantage on second classified, team mate Eugene Laverty.

The AXO flagship rider, who started from the fourth spot on the grid, took a solid start in the first outing of the day: aboard hi s Aprilia RSV-4, he gradually increased his rhythm until he got rid of a couple of rivals to secure the third step of the podium. Unfortunately, he suffered from a poor feeling with the front end in the second race, which has been probably caused by the higher temperature of the asphalt. This was a problem which, by Guintoli's own admittance as soon as he had taken off his helmet, kept him from "closing the door" on his rival's attacks on the third place position that he had boldly achieved six laps from the end, battling with Baz, Rea and Davies. The sixth place final result contributed in any case to strengthening his lead in the provisional chart.

Sylvain Guintoli: “It's too bad about the end of Race2. I enjoyed a fight in the last laps but this time I just wasn't able to do it. In Race 1, on the other hand, Rea and I put on a good show and in the end Johnny got the best of me but I had fun. In the second race Tom and my team mate Laverty really had an unbeatable pace. Let's just say that the second race didn't go great, but I was able to increase my lead in the championship, widening the gap in front of my closest rivals, and that's important, especially considering the fact that the next round is Monza, a circuit where Aprilia has always been a strong player”.

A good performance came also from AXO’s young guns riding the Stock 1.000: Jeremy Guarnoni and Romain Lanusse got fourth and fifth spot both aboard the kawasakis powered bu the MRS Team.

The Monza round is coming in two weeks time: don’t miss it!

Photo by: Aprilia Racing

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