England based French World Superbike racer Sylvain Guintoli has plenty of experience racing Ducatis in the World Superbike Championship but he hadn’t had a chance to sample the newest model. During a track day the former Liberty Racing turned Pata rider gave his verdict on a BSB version of the Ducati 1199 Panigale.
In a word (okay two) it was ‘C’est Magnifique’ from Guintoli after two sessions on the Scott Smart MCE British Superbike spec Ducati 1199 Panigale (yes that Smart, son of Paul) as a guest at a Ducati Donington Park track event.
It took only a chat with Smart’s Moto Rapido team boss Steve Moore, who asked Guintoli if he had ever ridden one. When the answer was no, the bike was fired up and he pulled on to the track.
“He had some leathers and crash helmet in the boot of his car so we added some tape and out he went. Sylvain did about ten laps each in two session and came returned saying the chassis was fantastic,” said Moore, speaking to bikesportnews.com this evening.
The favourable feedback may go some way to calm the Internet hysteria where some claim Carlos Checa has not found the handling of the Panigale racer to his liking. The claims came from the
organised liars journalists of the Italian media after Carlos first rode the new bike in Superbike form.
The British team were clearly pleased with Sylvain’s feedback on the bike which is leading the FIM Superstock 1000 class with Eddi La Marra.
“It is a testmament to the amount of work we have put into the bike that an ex-Grand Prix rider really liked the way it handled and we are pretty pleased.”
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