WSB Championship leader Guintoli discovers the love of road bikes

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Sylvain Guintoli on his Aprilia Tuono V4. If you're in the Midlands and spot a yellow Tuono, don't try and keep.
He’s leading the World Superbike Championship, and famous for his hard-riding on track, but it’s taken Sylvain Guintoli ten years to discover the love of riding motorcycles on the road!

The Factory Aprilia WSB star was given an Aprilia Tuono by Aprilia, and discovered a whole new passion for riding that’s completely different to his day job of trying to win races for Aprilia on his factory RSV4. He currently leads the championship with 111 points to team mate Eugene Laverty on 83 points, but recently has been spending his time off seeking out pub rides on his Tuono.

Frenchman Guintoli, has lived in the UK over in the Midlands, since he started racing in British Superbikes He started racing when he was 12-years-old and passed his bike test 10 years ago, but has never discovered the love for road bikes until now.

He said: “All those years riding and weirdly, I have never been a biker. I took my licence about 10 years ago but never actually went on the road, except for occasional media stuff. It is now, at 30 years old, that the opportunity has come up. When I received my RSV4, my first thought was that she would be beautiful in the living room! She was gorgeous, but then a friend invited me for a ride. We’ll go easy he said. Of course, that lasted for two minutes and then we played like 15-year-old kids. Lots of fun, lots of adrenaline and a pit stop to the pub for a bit of banter, loved it!”

He added: “Today I had the opportunity to try the Tuono RSV4. A completely different experience alone, but also in duo. We have been together for 10 years and for the 1st time, I bring my wife with me on a motorbike. She is pregnant so I had to choose full traction control. Wheelying and powerslides were forbidden! It was a fantastic experience, goose bumps for Caroline and both of us smiling to our ears. So here it is, I caught a new virus, the biker’s virus!”

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