Sylvain Guintoli wins race 2 and becomes Championship leader

Sylvain Guintoli gained his 5th career's win at Phillip Island.

Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) has won the second race of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island, his career's fifth in the series, in front of the 56,515 spectators attending the event. The Frenchman, now Championship leader after the opening round, was in first place on lap 15 when the race was red flagged, following the technical problem suffered by race 1 winner Eugene Laverty. The Irishman's GSX-R 1000 engine blew as he was running second ahead of Kawasaki Racing Team pairing of Loriz Baz and reigning Champion Tom Sykes, who claimed the remaining podium positions.

Sylvain Guintoli: "I pushed a bit too much in Race 1, I started off really strong but towards the end I couldn't keep the same pace. Track conditions were a lot different from the previous days, but we did a good job anyway. In the second race, I tried to save the tyre a bit and it worked out. Considering what happened to me during the weekend I can't be but happy about this round as I finally managed to get back on the top step of the podium. I would like to thank the people who assisted me during my recovery, I feel quite tired now but there is a long break before the next race to be fully fit."

Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes

Photo by: World Superbike Championship

Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) was 4th followed by Pata Honda duo Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam, whilst Giugliano's team mate Chaz Davies claimed seventh place ahead of Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) and Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia). Works Aprilia rider Melandri was part of a thrilling ten way battle up front in the early stages, before going wide at Turn 4 during the eighth lap. Two laps later Brit Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) made the same mistake whilst trying to catch the leaders, eventually ending up thirteenth behind EVO riders David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team), tenth, Niccol� Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati), eleventh, and Fabien Foret (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki), twelfth.


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Series World Superbike
Drivers Fabien Foret , Eugene Laverty , Marco Melandri , Tom Sykes , Leon Haslam , Toni Elias , Sylvain Guintoli , Chaz Davies , Jonathan Rea , Davide Giugliano , David Salom , Alex Lowes , Phillip Island
Article type Race report
Tags aprilia racing, davide giugliano, eugene laverty , phillip island, sylvain guintoli