April 14, 2014

After the long break following the Australian opener, the SBK World Championship has come back to action this past week end with the Aragon round. After the third fastest time clocked in Saturday’s qualifying, AXO flagship rider Sylvain Guintoli has a pretty hard Sunday, strongly conditioned by the performances of the tyres.

In the first race the Frenchman had a good start, but progressively lost contact with the leading pack and was forced to run a brave, but defensive race ended in sixth by the chequered flag.

Things went slightly better in the second outing, where the AXO rider managed to keep fourth behind team mate Melandri and Kawasaki factory riders Sykes and Baz.

A technical issue stopped Niccolò Canepa in Race 1, but the strong rider was able to post a solid eleventh in Race 2, second of the EVO riders. A week end to forget for Michel Fabrizio, who came away from the Aragon round with to DNFs. Tenth spot for Romain Lanusse in the Stock 1.000 class.

Sylvain Guintoli: “Race 2 definitely went a lot better. Besides the result I was able to ride more confidently, whereas in Race 1 we were just trying to take home as many points as we could manage. In Race 2 when Marco overtook me I tried to follow him and catch up the front runners but I lost the front end twice, so I decided just to maintain my pace. The improvements between the two races were clear. At one point my times were in line with the leaders but I was too far back by then to be able to catch them up. We need to figure out how the low temperatures in the first race had such an impact on our performance. With the new race times making the RSV4 perform as best as possible even with low temperatures will be important.”