May 12, 2014

AXO leaves Imola, scene of the fourth round of the Superbike World Championship, with a consistent booty:  the third place sealed by Sylvain Guintoli in Race 2 which, together with his fifth place in Race 1, keeps the AXO rider close to the top of the championship standings. Sylvain, coming off two wins and posting consistent performances, now lies in third place in the championship, just 16 points behind the new leader, Rea, and 12 behind Sykes.

 After posting the second fastest lap in Saturday’s Superpole, in the first race Guintoli took a decent start and hold onto second place for much of the race. Unfortunately he suffered a drop in tyre performance after halfrace distance, which forced him to a more defensive strategy in the second part of the race and the French rider had to be content with fifth as the chequered flag was waved. These are as well important points in a Championship which, after only four rounds, promises to be extremely well balanced. Sylvain's redemption came in Race 2 where he played a key role, staying in the leading pack from the start and finishing in third place in front of some of his fiercest rivals in the battle for the title.


Sylvain Guintoli: “It was a hard battle in both races. In Race 2 we managed to improve our pace quite a bit. I knew I would have to start off strong because we are struggling a bit at the moment in the second half of the race. I fought all the way to the end. I knew that the podium was within reach so I gritted my teeth and tried not to make any mistakes. A fifth and third place don't make me exactly jump for joy, but in any case they mean 27 points. I know that I put forth my best effort on this track!”.

Unlucky week end for both AXO SBK Evo riders Michel Fabrizio and Niccolò Canepa, who came home from Imola with two DNfs. Good performance for Romain Lanusse in the Stock 1.000 with a well deserved fourth place at the end of the Sunday’s race.

In the meantime, at Talavera de la Reina (Spain) Tony Cairoli finished fourth at the end of two come-back races, while Josè Butron, in MX2, sealed sixth in front of his home fans.