2014 World Superbike Championship Standings After Round 12, Losail, Qatar

1 S. GUINTOLI* APRILIA 416  
2 T. SYKES KAWASAKI 410 -6
3 J. REA HONDA 334 -82
4 M. MELANDRI APRILIA 333 -83
5 L. BAZ KAWASAKI 311 -105
6 C. DAVIES DUCATI 215 -201
7 L. HASLAM HONDA 187 -229
8 D. GIUGLIANO DUCATI 181 -235
9 T. ELIAS APRILIA 171 -245
10 E. LAVERTY SUZUKI 161 -255
11 A. LOWES SUZUKI 139 -277
12 D. SALOM KAWASAKI 103 -313
13 N. CANEPA DUCATI 73 -343
14 J. GUARNONI KAWASAKI 45 -371
15 S. BARRIER BMW 40 -376
16 L. CAMIER MV AGUSTA 37 -379
17 C. CORTI MV AGUSTA 27 -389
18 S. MORAIS KAWASAKI 24 -392
19 A. ANDREOZZI KAWASAKI 22 -394
20 F. FORET KAWASAKI 20 -396
21 L. LANZI DUCATI 19 -397
22 B. STARING KAWASAKI 18 -398
23 M. NEUKIRCHNER DUCATI 17 -399
24 L. SCASSA KAWASAKI 16 -400
25 G. RIZMAYER BMW 7 -409
26 G. ALLERTON BMW 6 -410
27 K. BOS HONDA 5 -411
28 I. TOTH BMW 5 -411
29 I. GOI DUCATI 5 -411
30 R. RUSSO KAWASAKI 5 -411
31 L. PEGRAM EBR 2 -414
32 M. FABRIZIO KAWASAKI 2 -414
33 R. LANUSSE KAWASAKI 1 -415

* 2014 World Superbike Champion

Round Number: 
12
Year: 
2014

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Congratulations to both for staging a most engaging contest.
Tom was out of the blocks early in the season and then Aprilia found some settings and it became a season of two halves. Tom must be cursing the rain gods, and Sylvain doing a little dance of thanks.
That's racing, as they say.

Both riders are great advertisements for the sport.

A very good season and to have it go down to the wire in the last race means the formula has been pretty well structured.

Total votes: 143

Just watched it - I expected a strong showing from Guinters, but with Sykes taking the title again... Guinters was unbelievable on the day (night) however, setting a new lap record in the last race of the year, on his way to the world title! That is impressive.

Congratulations Sylvian, and Sykes and Rea also deserve kudos for their terrific results this year. Rea probably goes down as the surprise of 2014, on a bike that really hasn't been at the level of the ZX-10R or the RSV4.

Now, the downside.

1. Aprilia did not renew Guintoli for 2015... well, fine by me, I'm a Honda fan. PLEASE Honda make a bit more effort than you did this year

2. Qatar is the wrong place to stage the last race of the year. There was no buzz whatsoever at the end of race 2 :( Perhaps it was different for those there... I'm sure Mrs Guinters and the little Guinters didn't notice anything missing! (very nice to see them all there at Parc Ferme)

3. Team orders... I don't like 'em. I wonder what impact Baz's race 1 effort will have on the imposition (or not) of team orders in the future? I reckon he did slow down, just enough to be able to say he slowed down...

Total votes: 134

I thought that the high point of Guinter's WSBK career was going to be winning at Silverstone in 2012. After years of riding in the middle of the pack in 250 GP, a few flashes of brilliance but nothing really worthwhile in MotoGP and bad injuries in BSB, taking a satellite Ducati to a win at Assen that year was good. Watching his team have a psychotic meltdown around him, jumping to another satellite team and winning again, I thought, was more than any rider of his caliber could ask for.

Sylvain got the job at Aprilia, I think, because he's mature, smart, and fast. He never complains, doesn't talk smack about anyone, doesn't ride like a Jackass. He just goes out, works his ass off, rides through the pain, picks up the bike when he falls, and basically just does the job. A good second-string rider, I think he was supposed to be a solid second to Laverty last year and when Laverty couldn't do the job, it was Guintoli who rode through the pain of his injuries and nearly snatched the title.

The one thing I always thought Guintoli lacked was that last little bit of raw speed. But damn, when the chips were down and he was healthy ... that was amazing. No one could touch him this weekend. And it wasn't all straight-line speed.

Props to Baz, Sykes and Rea for not riding like Jackasses when Guintoli came past. Nice to see adults at work. Any word on Yates? That was one rough-looking stretcher ride he took.

And maybe the best moments in motorsports so far this year were the family scenes. It was awesome watching the pit wives gather to congratulate Guintoli's wife. The life of the family member of any racer is harder that most of us would care to comprehend - when my wife still came to the races with me, she would hide in the back of the garage when I took to the track, afraid to watch in case I was injured or killed. That moment, and Guintoli's kid asking him, "Did you win?" and Daddy saying, "Yes, I did," were perfect.

There was not a person in that paddock who was unhappy to see Guintoli take that title. Maybe how you play the game actually matters ...

p.s. Sykes' meltdown on Twitter post-race was embarrassing ...

Total votes: 125