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Guintoli impresses with battling ride to fourth

Guintoli impresses with battling ride to fourth

On a historic and dramatic day in Japan, Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 achieved their best MotoGP result to date when premier class rookie Sylvain Guintoli expertly guided his Yamaha YZF-M1 to a sensational fourth place in hard-to-judge conditions.

On a historic and dramatic day in Japan, Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3 achieved their best MotoGP result to date when premier class rookie Sylvain Guintoli expertly guided his Yamaha YZF-M1 to a sensational fourth place in hard-to-judge conditions.

With the wet but drying track requiring instant make-or-break decisions and calm, controlled riding, Guintoli produced a faultless performance to finish just 1.2s behind second placed rider Randy de Puniet - and just over half a second behind final podium finisher Toni Elias.

An ecstatic Guintoli enthused in his post race interview: This has got to be one of the best days of my life! To finish fourth in a MotoGP race is something I could only have dreamt about at the beginning of the year but I will always think how close I was to a podium.

I tried very hard on the last lap to pass Toni but I didnt want to try too hard and end up in the gravel. I got a good start and decided to come in early to try and make a move on the leaders and it worked. Id like to thank the team and Dunlop so much, as I will always remember this weekend.

Meanwhile, Guintolis team-mate Makoto Tamada rued his decision to stay out on a drying track with his wet weather tyres for two more laps than the Frenchman, eventually finishing in 12th position, as the best placed home rider.

The Japanese 30 year-old commented: I wish I could be as happy as Sylvain but I made the wrong tyre choice for the wet, as they were a little too soft. Plus I stayed out on the track too long when it dried out. If I had come in a few laps earlier Im sure I couldve been up there as well but in these conditions everything is a bit of a gamble.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Sylvain Guintoli

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