Sylvain Guintoli NewsA day after securing the 2014 World Superbike Championship with Aprilia Racing Team, Sylvain Guintoli has signed with Pata Honda.
The 32-year-old Frenchman will pilot the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP superbike alongside 2014 World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark in the 2015 World Superbike Championship.Guintoli, who lives in the UK with his wife Caroline and four children, has a total nine World SBK wins, five which arrived this season: Phillip Island in Australia, Assen in the Netherlands, his home round of Magny-Cours in France, and a double race win in Qatar. All together, Guintoli has 40 WSBK podium finishes.Although the 2015 season will be Guintoli’s first ride for Honda, he has a strong historical relationship with the team’s title partner Pata, having ridden for a Pata-sponsored Ducati team in 2012, taking two race victories to finish seventh that season in the World Superbike standings, Pata Honda reports.The announcement of Guintoli’s appointment to the Pata Honda World Superbike team and his new partnership with 2014 World Supersport champion, Michael van der Mark, means that the team will bid farewell to both Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam. The team reports that the entire Pata Honda team and Honda Motor Europe offer their very best wishes to both riders in the future careers.Rea has joined the Kawasaki Racing Team for 2015. As for Haslam, he has yet to sign with any teams for 2015 Superbike.Sylvain Guintoli says: “The events of this season and especially last night are still buzzing in my head, but I’m delighted to be joining the Honda family and to be reuniting with Pata. The last time we worked together was a very unexpected but successful partnership.“I brought Pata their first victories and we have a strong relationship. I’m looking forward to tackling this new challenge and I can’t wait to get going. Johnny [Rea] has obviously been strong on the Honda all season, and sometimes he’s been very strong! So I think there is definitely a big potential with the bike and I think the new rules for next year will suit it.“So for us this is good news and I can’t wait to understand how it works; but it looks like a really good package and I’m looking forward to getting the first impressions soon.”Ronald ten Kate(Team Manager, Pata Honda) says “In many ways it’s the end of an era, but it’s the start of a new one, too, and I think 2015 is going to be a really exciting season for us. I’m really delighted that we are able to welcome Sylvain to the Pata Honda team for his first ride with Honda.“He has a great record in the World Superbike championship and has performed really well this season to come back from a big deficit and win the title yesterday in style. With Mikey [van der Mark] on the other side of the garage I believe we have that perfect blend of youth and experience that all team managers aim for. We have an intensive winter testing schedule planned and I honestly can’t wait for next season to start.”Sylvain Guintoli Profile
Date of birth 24 June 1982
Place of birth Montélimar, France
Home town Market Bosworth, UK
Race number 50
Race machine Pata Honda CBR1000RR
First race 2000
World Superbike debut 2009 – Portimao, Portugal
World Superbike races 129
World Superbike pole positions 4
First World Superbike podium 2011 – Miller Motorsports Park, USA
Total World Superbike podiums 40
First World Superbike win 2012 – Assen, the Netherlands
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!