Posted: 06 Jul 2013
Sylvain Guintoli lost the lead of the World Superbike Championship last weekend in Imola as his main rival Tom Sykes took the double win while Guintoli’s Aprilia RSV4 blew up in the first of the two races. Guintoli now sits second in the title chase; six points from Sykes; while still retaining a comfortable margin over team mate Eugene Laverty.
Speaking to Bike Social, Guintoli said:“I lost the championship lead in Imola as I had a problem in the first race. I now need to continue as we were at the beginning, I cannot make a mistake!”
However the points difference between Sykes and Guintoli is still under dispute after the Monza round back in May. After over-shooting the chicane Sykes returned to the circuit maintaining position. Guintoli and his Aprilia team protested that Sykes suffered no disadvantage for skipping the chicane and was initially awarded third place after a review. However, an appeal by Kawasaki saw Sykes reinstated with the third place finish. Aprilia then took the matter to the FIM court who are yet to reach a decision.
Guintoli continued: “The situation from Monza is not resolved. There’s an appeal with the FIM. Today, I hold fourth place, but we will see.”
With only six points separating the championship leaders at present, the five being disputed could be all-important towards the end of the season should the championship remain this close.