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Guintoli has tough time at MotoGP test

"It was not easy to ride a MotoGP bike after such a long time" – Sylvain Guintoli.
Sylvain Guintoli admitted he found it hard to adapt to from Superbike to MotoGP machinery, during Monday's Mugello test.

The Frenchman, who raced for Pramac full time in 2008 and now races a satellite Ducati in World Superbike, is set to return to the MotoGP paddock to replace the injured Loris Capirossi for the next two races.

Prior to the Mugello test, Guintoli hadn't ridden a Ducati MotoGP bike since 2008, with his most recent taste of premier-class power being at last year's Brno test, when he helped out at Rizla Suzuki.

Guintoli ride for a mammoth 87 laps, but his best lap time was five-seconds behind Casey Stoner and three-seconds behind Pramac regular Randy de Puniet.

"I had some difficulties today, especially adapting to the tyres. It was not easy to ride a MotoGP bike after such a long time," said Guintoli.

"But I'm learning and I think if I get the opportunity to ride at Sachsenring I'll be even more confident with the bike."

Capirossi was injured during qualifying for the Dutch TT. The German Grand Prix will be held at the Sachsenring on July 17, before which Guintoli will race in this weekend's Brno WSBK round.

Guintoli achieved a best finish of fourth as a full-time MotoGP rider.

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Hemmy - Unregistered

July 05, 2011 12:30 PM

Full respect to these stand in riders who jump straight onto an unfamiliar moto gp bike. Anyone who rides themselves knows how different even road bikes are after jumping on your friends bike for a sunday blast, so to go from a superbike to a moto gp bike and pushing them to the limits, must be like chalk and cheese! Full credit to them for even giving it a go!

Rose Tinted Glasses - Unregistered

July 05, 2011 9:40 PM

Sylvain Guintoli is a top guy. I remember him leading a MotoGP race with Tech 3 in the rain at LeMans (when they were on Dunlops - only team)for a bit before he crashed (can't remember the year?) He has the BEST accent of any man on the planet! French mixed with UK Derbyshire. He was in the box with Ryder and Moody the other day, was so funny! Every line a classic! He should read audio books, translating French classics into English! Everyone a winner! Good luck Sylvain, a lot of us will be cheering you on, no matter where you come in the race.

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