We were able to catch up with France’s Sylvain Guintoli after his ultra successful start to the 2013 Eni World SBK Championship at Phillip Island.
Guintoli, who joined the factory Aprillia squad in 2013 missed the front row in qualifying but put on a master class in tyre management in race 1 to overhaul his team mate Eugene Laverty to take the win. The roles were reversed in race two as Laverty took the win, but with a second place, Guintoli has made a brilliant start to his 2013 campaign.
This would also come as a relief after the Liberty Racing debacle that he was a victim of in 2012. It is heartening to see a rider like Guintoli hit his stride and return to the front of a Championship – like the WSBK.
We talk to him about the race weekend, and the season ahead.
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Interview by Sam Tickell, February 2013
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