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Guintoli back on a MotoGP bike

Sylvain Guintoli took over from the injured Alvaro Bautista at Rizla Suzuki during Monday's test session at Brno in the Czech Republic (pictured).

Guintoli, who raced in MotoGP for Tech 3 Yamaha and then Pramac Ducati in 2007 and 2008 respectively, switched to BSB with Suzuki last season and currently rides for the Japanese manufacturer in WSBK.

Bautista heavily bruised a vertebra during a big Saturday practice crash at Brno, which forced him to miss qualifying.

The Spaniard returned for the race but crashed out at the very last turn, moments after overtaking fellow rookie Marco Simoncelli for eleventh.



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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

August 16, 2010 6:09 PM

Cletus - from reading an interview with Haslam my understanding is that the WSB team is still factory supported, but that support consisted of producing parts in the off season - there have been no factory parts since January - that is less support than in previous years and much less than in Corsers winning year when it was a full factory team in all but name. It's a shame Suzuki don't concentrate their money on WSB where they could get good results rather than on MotoGP where they have no chance of success - but that shows the Japanese priorities - WSB is not so important to the Jap factories.

CletusQWashingMachineIII

August 16, 2010 2:49 PM

I wonder who will be riding these Suzukis next year? It doesn't seem an attractive proposition really and I'm a bit surprised to see an Alstare rider on this bike, considering the no longer factory supported status of the Alstare team. Still, even if Guintoli isn't one of the quickest, he does seem to be one of the more methodical and analytical riders and this combined with some experience of MotoGP made him a suitable quick replacement for Bautista for this test.



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