Sykes retains WSB series lead after Guintoli appeal rejected

Published: 13 September 2013

Britain’s Tom Sykes maintains his position at the top of the WSB standings after a long standing appeal by Sylvain Guintoli and his Aprilia Racing team was rejected by the FIM International Disciplinary Court today.

The incident in question took place during race two of the fourth round of the championship at Monza, when Sykes ran off the track at the La Roggia chicane before re-joining in front of Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli.

It meant that Sykes ultimately went on to finish in third position in the race with Guintoli fourth. A protest was lodged immediately after the race by Aprilia, which was rejected by the SBK commission which led to Aprilia lodging another appeal with the FIM International Disciplinary Court.

Today the court ruled that Sykes should not be penalised in anyway because he returned to the track in the correct way.

Sykes currently leads the overall standings by one point from Guintoli ahead of this weekend 11th round of the series in Turkey.