Worx Crescent Suzuki team manager Jack Valentine has expressed his grave disappointment at the injury which looks set to sideline title chaser Sylvain Guintoli for several weeks.
Guintoli suffered a broken leg following a freak accident during the sighting lap, the Frenchman being swiped off his machine by Josh Brookes after the HM Plant Honda at the Melbourne Hairpin.
With early indications suggesting Guintoli will be out of action for up to ten weeks, the ex-MotoGP rider's chances of challenging for this year's title are all but over.
“The whole team are really disappointed for Sylvain,” Valentine told Crash.net Radio
. “He has proven to be such a high quality rider, so to have this happen is very disappointing. He has a broken tibia and fibula, which looks like it will need pinning. It means he will be out for the next few weeks.”
The accident also leaves the one-rider Suzuki team with a dilemma as to what to do for the next round at Thruxton, which gets underway in just four days time. Nonetheless, Valentine is remaining calm about the situation.
“We will stay calm about the matter and have a meeting in the morning. Then we'll make some decisions about how to take the team forward at Thruxton.”