Guintoli Takes First Win In Assen

Sylvain Guintoli won his first World Superbike Race in Assen. (Photo: World SBK)
Sylvain Guintoli won his first World Superbike Race in Assen. (Photo: World SBK)

ASSEN, Netherlands – An incredible first race, eventually run over nine fully wet laps, was won by Sylvain Guintoli from Team Effenbert – Liberty Ducati. This was his first ever victory in this category of racing. His margin of advantage was 2.6 seconds, from a very determined rookie rider Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) and his team-mate Carlos Checa.

Their fight for the podium places was just one of many highlights in the wet race, after the first attempted contest had started out dry, but was halted when several leading riders fell as the rains came down. By regulation a whole new race was declared and the only influence the first leg finishing order had was to determine grid places for the ‘real’ second race.

In fourth place in an all Aprilia racing battle, Max Biaggi beat Eugene Laverty. Early leader Leon Haslam fell and no-scored.

1Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R
2Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R
3Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R
4Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 1000 F
5Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 1000 F
6Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK TeamBMW S1000 RR
7Jakub SmrzTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R
8Niccolo CanepaTeam Ducati RomaDucati 1098R
9Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR
10Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R
11Maxime BergerLiberty Racing - Team EffenbertDucati 1098R
12Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR
13David SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R