A crash just minutes into the Roll for Pole qualifying session meant Sylvain Guintoli didn't progress beyond the first round of the competition today at Croft circuit. Guintoli will now start from the 17th grid position for tomorrow's BSB races.
As ever for Guintoli, it was a new track to learn and over the last two days he'd diligently been learning the lines and finding his speed. After finishing the first practice session in 20th, Guintoli then improved to 15th in the next and made 10th in this morning's final session. The team's sights were then focused on making a solid top-10 performance in qualifying as final preparation for tomorrow's races.
Sylvain Guintoli: "I am far from happy, this is not the result we were looking for and in no way does it represent the work the team has put in and the progress we've made over the past two days.
"The crash came on my second flying flap of Q1, I was still getting up to speed and not yet fully up to speed, but maybe I was braking that little bit harder, I don't know when you lose the front it is always a very quick crash. I fell on my bad leg and I twisted my knee, but the leg is fine.
"I did get back out on the second bike but in the time we had it just didn't come together. I am very disappointed. It is tough enough not to be contending for top-five, but now I have to start far down the grid at a track where I can already tell that passing is difficult. I will try my best."
Jack Valentine, team manager: "It's been a very disappointing afternoon, there's no point hiding from the truth, it simply went wrong this afternoon. I know Sylvain's very disappointed too.
"It had been business as usual for us up to the point of the crash. Sylvain had told us how he'd been resisting trying for fast laps all through practice, instead studying the track and letting the speed come as his knowledge grew. He wasn't even trying when the crash came, it was just one of those momentary things.
"If we could take anything from today we could say it's been character building. We've said before that we're building toward next year, and experiences like this are certainly showing Sylvain the flip side of BSB. We'll not be looking to head into this territory again any time soon."
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship in association with Pirelli, Swan Combi 50 - Roll for Pole, Croft result:
1. Leon Camier (Airwaves Yamaha) 1m:20.124s
2. Simon Andrews (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +0.850s
3. Stuart Easton (Hydrex Honda) +0.896s
4. Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) +0.948s
5. James Ellison (Airwaves Yamaha) +0.965s
6. Gary Mason (Quay Garage Honda) +1.012s
7. Tommy Hill (Hydrex Honda) +1.014s
8. Ian Lowry (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +1.130s
9. Graeme Gowland (Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha) +1.172s
10. Chris Walker (Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha) +1.502s
17. Sylvain Guintoli (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +1.915s