Tuesday, April 3

GUINTOLI'S PODIUM HOPES DASHED...

FRENCHMAN Sylvain Guintoli qualified second fastest for round two of the 2012 Superbike World Championship at Imola on Sunday and from his practice times, he looked a podium chance.

But on the first lap of the first race he was forced onto the gravel by an over-enthusiastic Leon Haslam (BMW) and the Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati rider crashed.

His Ducati then slid across the track and took out Englishman Chaz Davies on the ParkinGO Aprilia. Here's the photo sequence, courtesy website TwoWheels: http://www.twowheelsblog.com/galleria/guintoli-and-davies-crash-sequence-race-1-imola-2012/#/photo/0