Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli has admitted that waiting to see if could secure the second factory Aprilia World Superbike seat alongside Eugene Laverty was a gamble as he had to turn down other rides in order to do it.
Guintoli had done a deal with the Fixi Suzuki team before the Aprilia option became a reality and was also in talks with Shaun Muir's Miulwaukee Yamaha squad in British Superbikes as another option but feels he has made the right decision.
"It is really exciting and it was a bit of gamble but it was definitely 100 per cent the right thing to do. I trusted 100 per cent what Luigi Dall'Igna is choosing to do because he knows what riders need and he knows what is going on. This crew I am working with now, the crew that Max had last year knows the bike very well and knows how to work it," said Guintoli.
"There is still a difference between riding as a privateer or as a factory rider. The aim is to go and fight for the championship. There is a lot of work to do and there is another big step to do, but to make that step you need the right bike and the right team. The bike and team I am going to be working with next year is definitely going to be the right one.
"I have full faith on them giving me everything I need to be in the front. That is what matters to me. That is what I want; I am ready for it. All I want is to challenge and I want to get on track knowing that I am fighting for the wins.
"They have the right reflexes already. You can tell because they do not even need to speak to each other when there is something to do on the bike, they just know. This is part of winning. I am giving Aprilia 100 per cent trust regarding this because they know better than I do. I know what to do on track and they know how to make me do it right."