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Conditions could not have been more different at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours this afternoon as Sylvain Guintoli finished his second race of the Fassi French Round in brilliant sunshine and eighth place aboard his Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK YZF-R1. Alex Lowes concluded a difficult weekend in 19th after a fall at turn 13 on lap 12.
Running a solid race, Guintoli set consistent pace as he circulated in seventh place for the 21-lap distance. Battling hard with Torres and Hayden in the final stages, the Frenchman was caught on the last lap by his Spanish challenger but held fast against the American as he crossed the line to collect eight points boosting his championship position to 12th.
Suffering a bad start, Lowes gave himself work to do from 14th as race two began but had quickly made up time and two places by the end of the opening lap. Running in the high 1'38's, the British rider was sitting in 11th from his second revolution, maintaining his position until a fall on lap 12 put paid to his efforts. Re-joining the race in 20th he again attempted to move forward, but with the gap too large to bridge, he collected a frustrating 19th place finish at the flag.
Finnish rider Niki Tuuli continued to shine in the FIM Supersport World Championship as he consolidated his debut podium from the Lausitzring with a second place at Magny-Cours. The young rookie impressed on his YZF-R6 as he stormed his way through the pack from his seventh place start. Taking the lead, from third position, on the 12th revolution, he fought hard to maintain the advantage until the final lap, losing out to the eventual winner, and local talent, Jules Cluzel.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team now heads to southern Spain for the championship's final European races at the Circuito de Jerez, in a fortnight's time.
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