SBK AT PORTIMAO

July 7, 2014

A Sunday with plenty of upsets and surprises closed out the World Superbike Portuguese weekend. Race 1, which started under threatening clouds, had AXO rider Sylvain Guintoli holding onto fifth place in the early stages of the race. A few drops of rain then threatened to put an end to it all, but Sylvain was definitely and managed to make up ground and take advantage of the difficult track conditions to come back and take second place.

 

The conditions worsened in Race 2, forcing the riders to use rain tyres and settings. With the distance reduced to 18 laps, Sylvain was cautious for the first part of the race, increasing his pace lap after lap. Unfortunately in turn 5 of the 13th lap, trying to make his move on Melandri, Guintoli crashed, eventually taking his team mate down.  Sylvain was able to restart and finished in seventh place. 

Sylvain Guintoli: “In Race 1 I tried to take advantage of the first signs of rain. I was feeling good and had a good pace. But when conditions returned to normal the gap with Sykes was too big and I had to settle for second place. In Race 2 both Marco and I were clearly faster than our rivals, but unfortunately on turn 5 Rea braked really early and I tried to go up the inside. Marco was on the outside and I lost the front end on a bump which took us both out. I'm really sorry for him and for the team. We had a good result within our grasp. It was simply race contact and unfortunately in these conditions it's easy to make a mistake”.

A difficult week end for Niccolò Canepa, who couldn’t do better than 13th in race 1 and 18th in Race 2. In the Stock 1.000 Romain Lanusse sealed eighth at the end of a hard fought race.