Jul 31, 2013
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From a press release
issued by Aprilia
eni FIM Superbike World Championship: Sylvain Guintoli (50).
SECOND ENGLISH ROUND FOR THE 2013 WORLD SUPERBIKE SEASON WITH SYLVAIN GUINTOLI LEADING THE RIDER STANDINGS AFTER THE MOSCOW RACE.
EUGENE LAVERTY INTENDS TO DO WELL ON A TRACK WHERE HE HAS ALWAYS PUT IN A STAR PERFORMANCE.
APRILIA LEADS THE MANUFACTURER CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 300 POINTS IN FRONT OF KAWASAKI (267), BMW (262), HONDA (151), SUZUKI (129) AND DUCATI (112).
Noale, 31 July 2013 - World Superbike 2013 will be in the United Kingdom for the second time this season on the occasion of the Silverstone round. After the difficult weekend in Moscow, devastated by the tragic accident which befell Andrea Antonelli, the riders will tread on the English asphalt, historic for having hosted the first Formula 1 World Championship race in 1950. The Midlands circuit is also known for its flowing layout, as well as for the extremely variable weather conditions.
The only race that was held at Moscow Raceway had Sylvain Guintoli, riding with a shoulder injury from a training accident a few days earlier, taking a stoic sixth place finish which, aided by Tom Sykes' DNF, placed him once again at the top of the Championship standings. In any case the 4 point advantage is no basis for strategy or calculations in a championship where 50 points are up for grabs every weekend. The French rider has continued working to get his injured shoulder fit and from a physical point of view he will be in significantly better conditions for the races, although not yet 100%.
Sylvain Guintoli: "One of us is gone in Moscow, raising many thoughts and feelings. Racing bikes is our job but also our passion and has a big part in our hearts and lives. Silverstone is going to be an emotional race, all our thoughts to his family. R.I.P Andrea Antonelli".
For Eugene Laverty top priority is rubbing out the difficult Russian weekend, where he crashed on the damp track just a few metres before making a pit stop to put on his wet tyre. There was no point looking for a culprit for this crash, given the critical grip conditions at Moscow Raceway. In any case, the lad from Toomebridge is in good spirits, especially since he is taking on a track where he knows he can do well and aim for top points.
Eugene Laverty: "I really enjoy Silverstone, it's a long lap and the fast flowing nature of the circuit makes it one of my favourites. Weather played havoc with the previous round in Moscow and so it would be nice if we could have two dry races on Sunday".