Team Alice Le Mans press conference

SYLVAIN GUINTOLI AT LE MANS PRESS CONFERENCE Alice Team rider, Sylvain Guintoli, participated on Tuesday April 22nd, at the pre event press conference in Le Mans to present the Alice Grand Prix of France which will be held on May 16th ...

SYLVAIN GUINTOLI AT LE MANS PRESS CONFERENCE

Alice Team rider, Sylvain Guintoli, participated on Tuesday April 22nd, at the pre event press conference in Le Mans to present the Alice Grand Prix of France which will be held on May 16th 2008.

Sylvain Guintoli: "I am really proud to be here in Le Mans and represent the MotoGP category for my country. It's a true honour. It is always a pleasure for me to be here and I am looking forward to coming back soon for the Alice Grand Prix."

WHAT DOES LE MANS MEAN TO YOU?

SG: "Le Mans feels like home to me. I have raced here many times and it is one of the best tracks in my opinion. It's really particular, also thanks to the weather conditions which are really bizarre. The weather can change at any time making each race simply unique."

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE MODIFICATIONS DONE TO THE TRACK?

SG: "I think that each time a track undergoes some modifications, even small ones, it makes it more fun and interesting for us riders and for the fans. It's a new challenge and you have to learn which is the best way to attack the turn or chicane, where and how to pass your opponent or how to defend your position in the best way. Or simply, you have to learn how the new asphalt reacts. It's like having a new toy to play with and get to know it."

LAST YEAR YOU HAD A GOOD RACE, UNTIL?

SG: "Yes, last year things were going really good for me, until we know what happened. I was in first position on lap 6, it was an incredible feeling and I hope I will be able to feel the same sensation in the next Grand Prix here in Le Mans. I really can't wait to be here to race, even if first we must concentrate on the Chinese race, on a track which should be good for our Ducati-Bridgestone package, where I am hoping to keep improving."

HOW IS YOUR NEW EXPERIENCE WITH THE BRAND NEW ALICE TEAM GOING?

SG: "I couldn't ask for more. Everything is going quite well with the Team. We all work very hard and every single component of the Team is a true professional, but everyone is also really friendly and accommodating with me. Also Toni (Elias) is a really nice guy and we get alone quite well."

ANOTHER RACE AND THEN LE MANS. WILL YOU BE READY TO CONQUER A GOOD RESULT?

SG: "I really hope so. In these first three races it hasn't been easy for us, but starting from China, things should get better. In Estoril we have already made some progress. Last year in China, Ducati and Bridgestone did a great job. Hopefully it will be the same this year and we will be competitive right from the first free practice session."

AND OF COURSE, THE FIRST GOOD RESULTS WILL BE DEDICATED TO YOUR NEW BABY GIRL:

SG: "Well, I'll dedicate it to the three girls who are waiting for me at home right now, my wife and my two little girls, but first we have to keep working hard and see how things will go in the next few races. I am really happy in this moment of my life and I am hoping to reach a good level of competiveness soon. Also the Alice Team deserve some good results for what they are doing for me."

-credit: pd'a

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