October 21, 2013

The 2013 World Superbike campaign has ended this week end in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) with Sylvain Guintoli giving AXO a very prestigious result: the third spot in the overall of the 2013 edition of the Superbike World Championship. The Frenchman has clinches this amazing result in his rookie year on a factory bike, behind winner Tom Sykes and team mate Eugene Laverty.

With the third position in the final standings, Guintoli not only gives AXO the honour of finishing the season on a high, but also secures his second year in Aprilia: next year he will again be fighting for the title aboard the RRSV-4, which gave him glory in this season.

The week end at Jerez has not been easy for the AXO flagship rider, who is still suffering from his injured shoulder. Started from 5th in the grid, in Race 1 Sylvan tried to come back and to fight with the leading group for a podium position, but he was a little bit slower than the front guys and had to be content with fourth. He made up for it in race 2 where he confidently controlled his third position, holding onto it and finishing on the podium.

 Sylvain Guintoli: “This season was fantastic. I battled for the Championship in my rookie year on a new bike. Unfortunately after my shoulder injury there was just something missing and in the second part of the season I definitely was not at 100%. In any case the experience gained will be fundamental in 2014. As is always the case when you don’t win you think about improving next year. Today, especially in Race2, I tried to keep up with Eugene and Tom but I just didn’t have the pace and the strength to do it. This ends a really great season for me with a great team and a great team mate who gave me a run for my money. Now I’ll be thinking about recovering physically and preparing for the next championship”.

Incredible result for AXO also in Superstock 1.000, with Jeremy Guarnoni (third in the final standings) taking a fantastic win and Romain Lanusse on the third step of the podium.