Bennetts Suzuki rider Sylvain Guintoli will make his return to the MotoGP paddock for the French Grand Prix.
The former World Superbike Champion will stand in for the injured Alex Rins, after the MotoGP rookie broke his wrist in a high side crash at the Circuit of the Americas.
Guintoli last rode in the premier class of GP motorcycle racing back in 2011 and will get his first taste of the Suzuki GSX-RR at next Tuesday’s test in Jerez, before rolling out at his home GP on May 21st.
Sylvain Guintoli holds some fond MotoGP memories at his home circuit, but the Frenchman is under no illusion as to the task ahead of him this time round:
“First, I would like to thank Suzuki for giving me this fantastic opportunity. Being able to ride the GSX-RR, currently one of the fastest racing machines in the world is a very exciting prospect, let alone at my home race in front of the French fans. The ‘Le Mans Grand Prix’ brings back a lot of strong memories, the best one of course was leading the MotoGP race for a few laps in 2007.”
“This is going to be a very difficult challenge, adapting to the very powerful prototype MotoGP machine and the Michelin tyres, but my main goal is to enjoy the experience and give 100% commitment to the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR. The test on Tuesday will give us some time to adapt and to start understanding this amazing motorcycle. Finally, I want to wish a very good recovery to Alex."