18 February 2014: The unknown factor for Sylvain Guintoli was without a doubt his physical condition after the double surgery on his right shoulder. From this point of view the 92 laps the French rider put in confirm that his recovery is complete.
Sylvain was also positive about these tests in terms of performance. The pace he demonstrated even in poor grip conditions places him among the potential key players for the first round of the season.
Guintoli's feeling with the bike are similar to those last year when he took a win and a second place on his maiden race riding the Aprilia RSV4 which placed him at the top of the rider standings.
Sylvain Guintoli: “The most important thing is that I am feeling much better physically. The previous tests at Jerez went well too, but after the crash there and when I got back home my shoulder was hurting for a few days. Here, on the other hand, I took a lot of laps over these two days, doing the tests that we had planned and even putting in some decent times. In the afternoon, in similar conditions to what we'll probably have for the races, my RSV4 performed very well both in terms of general settings and tyre wear management. I'm confident and, just like last year, I'm ready for battle”.
Sylvain Guintoli final WSBK testing at Phillips Island
The concern for Sylvain Guintoli was his physical condition after the double surgery on his right shoulder. The 92 laps the French rider completed bode well