Crescent devastated by Guintoli injury

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 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.”

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Sylvain Guintoli - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Martin - Unregistered

May 25, 2009 10:56 PM

We now know that 'brake failure' is a typo, and should read 'brain failure'. Seeley is promising, but such an inexperienced rider might be wrong for a one-bike team - and does he want to give up on his Superstock push? Michael Laverty strikes me as the right choice, when did Rutter last put in a decent performance in the dry?

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