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Sylvain Guintoli not giving up yet

Sylvain Guintoli not giving up yet

Sylvain Guintoli not giving up yet

Sylvain Guintoli began the 2004 season hoping another positive campaign with the Campetella Racing team would provide him with the same springboard enjoyed by his compatriot Randy De Puniet, who impressed with the semi-factory outfit before graduating to a full factory ride with Aprilia and now sits pretty at the top of the 250cc World Championship.

However, things have not quite turned out as planned for Guintoli so far, picking up just one point from the first three races as he looks to improve on tenth place in the championship overall last season.

"One point from three races hits your confidence," admits the French youngster, who returned to full time racing last season after a year as a test rider for the Tech 3 MotoGP outfit.

"When I arrived at the first race I was telling myself not to worry, that I had finished the 2003 season well and that I could do it. To be honest, it hasn't worked out that way.

"We just cannot find the way forward with the bike – we can't find the power and pretty soon I start to run out of gas myself. I want to be up at the front fighting for victory more than ever before but it's tough – very tough.

"With private bikes last year we were able to fight for the top positions, get on the podium... that made me dream and I enjoyed it more than anything else in the world.

"I was there at Assen, I was close at Sachsenring, Rio, Valencia… I miss those times because I race to win

"There are two ways out – the first one is to make do with the material I have and feel sorry for myself, and that's not good. There is nothing positive about that attitude, although it would be easy to think like that.

"So I have decided I'm going to fight. If my bike is not quick enough I'll just have to brake harder, run it faster through the corners, work hard with my team and make the most of any chance I get to mix it up with the factory riders.

"It is not the time to give up just yet. It has been a hard start to the season, but there is a long way to go."

250cc, 2004, Sylvain Guintoli

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