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.