Official: Sylvain Guintoli to Aprilia Racing for WSBK

11/28/2012 @ 12:11 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

It has been no big secret that Sylvain Guintoli is riding with Aprilia Racing at the World Superbike test at Jerez this week, in what surely has been an audition for the Frenchman on the Italian team. Coming off a tumultuous season with the Effenbert Liberty Racing team, Guintoli backed out of a contract deal with Crescent Suzuki to take a stab with Aprilia’s factory squad — a move that has seemingly paid off for Guinters.

Linked to Ducati’s WSBK team for a tail-end of the 2013 WSBK Silly Season as well, Guintoli has become a hot commodity in the WSBK paddock, primarily for his competitive results with Liberty Racing and PATA Racing. Teammate to Eugene Laverty next season, Guinters replaces Max Biaggi, who retired from motorcycle racing earlier this month. Already fast on the Aprilia RSV4 Factory at Jerez, Guintoli is a talent to watch for the 2013 season, for sure.

“I am very happy, especially because the feeling with the RSV4 has been good right from the first few meters,” said Guintoli. “To be able to sit in the saddle of the world champion bike is a great opportunity for me – one of the most important in my career. I think the bike has extremely high potential, as we’ve seen in the past few years, and I’m confident that I’ll be able to put in some excellent results with it.”

No details of Guintoli’s contract with Aprilia Racing have been release at the time of this writing.

Source: GPOne & Bike Sport News

  • sburns2421

    Dark horse for the 2013 championship, especially if Sykes has some bad luck.

  • Huge thumbs up, can’t wait for the 2013 season already.

  • Westward

    Guintoli is a better racer than Sykes. Sykes may still rack up the poles, but Guintoli will rack up more race victories…

  • David

    I want Sykes or Melandri to win next year. More Melandri.

  • Damo

    Good news for Guinters fans! I am pumped there are some many riders that are going to be running at the front next year. WSBK is going to be great, can’t wait to get back out to Laguna Seca and see these maniacs race.