TWO RED FLAGS AT THE NÜRBURGRING

September 2, 2013

Two red flags due to oil on the track, both during the penultimate lap, stopped the World Superbike races at the Nürburgring. A blown out engine for Sandi first and a crash by Smrz in the second forced Race Direction to end the competitions a lap early, preventing AXO flagship rider Sylvain Guintoli to take a better result.

While the finishing order had been decided when Race 1 was suspended, in the second race the duel between Guintoli and Sykes for fourth place was just heating up. In fact, the red flag kept the Aprilia Racing factory rider from a direct attack on his rival at the chequered flag.

 

After a difficult Superpole, Sylvain Guintoli got off to a good start in both races, immediately gaining positions. After successfully fending off attacks by Giugliano and Camier, Sylvain's race for the podium stopped short at fourth place in Race 1. In the penultimate lap an oil leak caused Rea and Camier to crash, unfortunately injured in the accident, putting an end to the race and deciding the finishing order. Race 2 followed a similar script, at least in the first part. With an excellent start followed by a series of fast laps, the French rider had closed the gap with the leading pack, nipping at Sykes' heels during the final laps. Just as the duel was about to start, a crash by wild card Smrz with fluids leaking onto the track from his bike put an end to the race a lap early. Thanks to his fifth place finish, Sylvain is now in second place in the rider standings, just one point behind Sykes.

 Sylvain Guintoli: “This was a difficult weekend on a very physical track. In Race 1 I couldn't find my rhythm in the first laps, dropping behind the leaders and having to ride alone, fending off attacks. In Race 2 the changes we made to my RSV4 really worked well. I pushed hard to catch Sykes up and when I did it, my plan was to attack in the last lap, but unfortunately the red flag stopped the race. My only consolation is that my shoulder responded well. I was able to push hard all the way to the end in both races without serious problems. It hurts now, but as long as I'm on the bike everything is OK. We'll go to Turkey as pursuers, but it's a track that I like where I think I can make a good play for it just as well as the other four or five riders who have proven to be consistently fast”.

Good results for AXO riders Jeremy Guarnoni and Romain Lanusse, who clinched fourth and fifth respectively in the Stock 1.000 race.

Congratulations to Ken De Dycker, who has just been crowned Belgian World Champion (open class) for the second consecutive time with one round left to go!

Photo by: Aprilia Racing