June 23, 2014

Good week end for AXO at Misano, scenery of the seventh round of the Superbike World Championship and not only on track! The special look for the official Aprilia Racing RSV4s has been very successful indeed: a tribute to the Italian colours that characterised the first Aprilia international championship victory. It was August 1987 when, right here in Misano, Loris Reggiani rode his 250 GP to the first ever Aprilia World Championship win. Sylvain looks just great with the AXO suit dedicated to this prestigious event!

Sylvain Guintoli was one of the protagonists of the day, battling in the top spots but stopping at the foot of the podium twice, finishing fifth and fourth, placements that allowed him to fend off the attack by countryman Baz and hold onto second place in the championship standings.

 Sylvain Guintoli: “In terms of the championship at least I am holding onto second place in the standings. But I definitely was expecting more. We are not missing any pure speed, but we need to work on consistent performance as far as race pace goes. In Race 1 we made the wrong tyre choice, whereas in Race 2 with the right options and a few changes to the bike geometry we were able to significantly reduce the gap behind the leaders. While I was with Marco and Baz I made a few mistakes too many which kept me from battling for the podium in the end. It's a shame there is no Race 3... All joking aside, we need to keep working to be more consistent in the race”.

Difficult week end for Niccolò Canepa: the Ducati EVO rider took second of the EVO class in the first Race, but had technical issues at his 1199 Panigale in Race 2, which forced him to slow down and to be content with sixteenth as the chequered flag was waved.

Good performance from Romain Lanusse in the Stock 1.000: the French rider ended the Italian week end in seventh.