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Sylvain Guintoli Fastest In First WSBK Practice At Mazda Laguna Seca
by seymore and shane
Friday, July 11, 2014

Pos.RiderTeamBikeTime
1Sylvain GuintoliFactory Aprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 10001:23.861
2Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1:24.097
3Marco MelandriFactory Aprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 10001:24.155
4Chaz DaviesDucati Superbike TeamDucati Panigale 1199R1:24.300
5Jonathan ReaPata Honda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1:24.314
6Toni EliasRed Devils RomaAprilia RSV4 10001:24.402
7Leon HaslamPata Honda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1:24.410
8Eugene LavertyVoltcom Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:24.703
9Alex LowesVoltcom Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001:24.906
10Davide GiuglianoDucati Superbike TeamDucati Panigale 1199R1:25.261
11Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1:25.275
12Niccolo CanepaAlthea Superbike TeamDucati Panigale 1199R1:25.306
13Bryan StaringIron BrainKawasaki ZX-10R1:26.061
14David SalomKRTKawasaki ZX-10R1:26.150
15Christian IddonAlstareBimota BB31:26.432
16Geoff MayTeam Hero EBREBR1190RX1:26.575
17Alessandro AndreozziTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1:26.711
18Ayrton BadoviniTeam Ducati AlstareDucati Panigale 1199R1:26.822
19Jeremy GuarnoniMahi Racing Team IndiaKawasaki ZX-10R1:27.122
20Aaron YatesTeam Hero EBREBR1190RX1:27.195

Just a couple of observations:

The fastest guy in the middle of any corner on the track is .. Jon Rea.

Sykes has a very Casey Stoner-like corner entry technique in that he is very, almost out of control, fast as he runs the Kawasaki into the corner. Then after a nano-second of heart in your throat panic, he bangs the bike over and is on the gas earlier than almost anyone else.

Chaz Davies also has huge corner speed.

Guintoli and Melandri--former 250 riders--are also very hard on the gas from the apex of the corner--it's incredible to watch.

Stood and observed while a crew tore a Panigale down to the "frame" to do an engine swap. Ducati won't be racing this bike in the Suzuka 8 Hours. Ever.

ENDS

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