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.”