Guintoli set for lengthy absence

Sylvain Guintoli could be sidelined for longer than originally anticipated after it was confirmed a further operation will be required on his broken leg.

An original recovery forecast of 'eight to ten weeks' had been given to Guintoli following the diagnosis of a broken tibia and fibula, caused when he was collected by Josh Brookes during the sighting lap on the way to the grid at Donington Park.

However, further examination by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Toby Branfoot has revealed another operation will be required tomorrow [Wednesday], with the complicated fractures suggesting the 'recovery period will be longer than first anticipated'.

Destroying Guintoli's hopes of challenging for the BSB title in his first season, Worx Crescent team owner Paul Denning is devastated by his loss from the team and the series.

“The events of yesterday are a massive disappointment for everyone involved with the Worx Crescent Suzuki team, as well as a blow for the BSB series as a whole. Risks are always involved, but when your rider is as talented and consistent as Sylvain and then something like this happens – which is totally beyond his control and outside of a racing situation, through the apparent incompetence of another competitor – it's difficult to accept.

“I was lucky enough to be at Donington Park over the weekend and was massively impressed by the team and Sylvain's combined professionalism. His final qualifying performance and that again of the Monday warm-up showed he was looking to achieve a double win, which I believe he would have achieved. Our thoughts are with Sylvain and his family and we will be doing everything we can to help him in his recovery. I can report he is in good spirits, as always.

“Looking forward, while the championship is now beyond us, we are determined to continue to demonstrate what a fantastic bike the Suzuki GSX-R1000K9 is. While our primary thoughts are with Sylvain, we look forward to continuing and building on his impressive early season performances.”

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Sylvain Guintoli - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Sylvain Guintoli - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Sylvain Guintoli - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
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]

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Rog, Rishton - Unregistered

May 26, 2009 8:41 PM

Whilst I'm sure that Brookes did not in any way intentionally take out Guintoli the fact that he KNOWINGLY tried to mislead the stewards, organisers and his own team speaks volumes about the guy- a one race suspended ban is in no way enough punishment.

today - Unregistered

May 26, 2009 6:59 PM

Reading between the lines of these and other comments one could deduce that the underlying feeling is that the incident was the result of, at best, stupidity or even malevolence. For the benefit of rider safety, shouldn't 'rogue' riders be excluded? The championship is ruined now as Guintoli/Crescent Suzuki were the only team capable of a serious threat to Airwaves Yamaha (no disrespect intended to MSS Kawasaki).

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