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September 16, 2013

The third place he took in Race 2 doesn't entirely satisfy Sylvain Guintoli, who did extremely well in the qualifiers and had an extraordinary Superpole. In Race 1, after an aggressive start, Sylvain tried to take charge of the race, but he had to give up to Melandri's attacks for third place toward the end. In the second race Guintoli adopted a different strategy, saving his energy for a final assault. Unfortunately, despite his good lap times, the gap that Laverty and Sykes had created kept him from going any further than the third step of the podium. Sylvain's biggest problem was pain from his injured shoulder, especially bothering him in Race 2. The AXO rider is still second in the provisional standings, with 8 points separating him from Tomy Sykes.

Sylvain Guintoli: “Two consistent races , but I'm still missing something. I'm not sure if it's speed or my physical condition. To be honest, I expected more from this weekend after the good practice sessions and the front row start. It wasn't a complete disaster thought since we're still close to Sykes and I got back onto the podium. Unfortunately my shoulder injury isn't a simple thing to overcome. On a track like this one with fast turns and cross wind , it hurt quite a bit. The next round will be at Laguna Seca which is a track I like and where I hope to make another step forward”.

Photo by: Aprilia Racing