2013 World Superbike
The Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli had his ups and downs in the 2012 World Superbike Championship.
For the first eight rounds, Guintoli was competing on the Team Effenbert Liberty Ducati. He gave the team its first-ever win at Assen, but was let go before round nine, accused of poor results, though he was the most successful rider on the team.
But by the next round at Silverstone, Guintoli was back on a Ducati 1198, this time with the PATA Racing Team. During that round, Guintoli took the race-two win. But he wasn’t done…he then took the first race at Magny-Cours in France, the final round of 2012 World Superbike.
Although Guintoli proved himself a three-time winner in 2012 World SBK, his future was uncertain heading into 2013. But this all changed in late November when Aprilia Racing Team signed Guintoli, the number-50 rider taking the vacant seat on the RSV4 left by the retiring Max Biaggi.
Guintoli recently remarked on how he will approach his first full season as a factory Aprilia rider.
Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team RSV4) says: “There is still a difference between riding as a privateer or as a factory rider,” he stated. “The aim is to go and fight for the championship. There is a lot of work to do and there is another big step to do, but to make that step you need the right bike and the right team.
“The bike and team I am going to be working with next year is definitely going to be the right one. I have full faith on them giving me everything I need to be in the front. That is what matters to me. That is what I want; I am ready for it. All I want is to challenge and I want to get on track knowing that I am fighting for the wins.”
Guintoli also commented on his new crew: “I trusted 100% what Luigi Dall’Igna is choosing to do because he knows what riders need and he knows what is going on. This crew I am working with now, the crew that Max had last year knows the bike very well and knows how to work it.
“They have the right reflexes already. You can tell because they do not even need to speak to each other when there is something to do on the bike, they just know. This is part of winning. I am giving Aprilia 100% trust and 100 percent regarding this because they know better than I do. I know what to do on track and they know how to make me do it right.”