October 7, 2013

Sylvain Guintoli’s double podium and Jeremy Guarnoni’s win in the Stock 1.000 race have given AXO something really special to toast to this week end in Magny Cours.

In the first race on dry asphalt Sylvain Guintoli stayed with Tom Sykes after starting from the second spot on the grid, but he was unable to make a decisive attack, partially because of the red flag that came out due to a crash two laps from the finish and took the runner up spot in the first outing of the day. Despite the grey skies, Race 2 also started without rain and on dry asphalt, following the same script as Race1, with Sykes blazing the trail up front followed by Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli. The two Aprilia Racing Team riders switched places several times but were unable to contain the leader's mad pace. In the final laps the French fans were entertained by an exciting and clean battle between team mates which ended under another red flag that came out as rain began to fall during the last lap. Sylvain, who  fell victim to harmless crash just seconds before the race was stopped, ended in third.

With today's results, the AXO rider maintains his third place in the rider standings, 38 points behind the leader and one point behind team mate Laverty, with one race left to go.

Astonishing performance from Jeremy Guarnoni, too, who, in front of his home crowd, sealed the Superpole on Saturday and clinch a fantastic win on Sunday.

Icy on the cake for AXO came from Supermoto: Ivan Lazzarini, captain of Team Italy, took the squad on the first step of the podium of this prestigious event, held in Pleven, Bulgaria.

 Sylvain Guintoli: “Race2 was exciting, a great battle with Eugene. It's a shame that we weren't able to keep up with Tom, but he was really fast today. I hope I didn't do too much damage to my shoulder in the crash. Unfortunately my visor was covered with bugs and I didn't see the slippery spots on the track. In Race1 I was able to keep up without losing too much ground and in the final laps I tried to pull the pin and overtake Tom, but then the red flag came out. It's true that at Jerez it will be difficult to recover but mathematically we are still in the game so I'll be trying hard until the end to finish out this Championship properly”.

Photo by: Aprilia Racing/Ardus