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Guintoli rides with fractured shoulder.

Sylvain Guintoli qualified in 14th position for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, just one place behind team-mate Toni Elias, despite being advised not to ride after fracturing a shoulder blade in morning practice.

The Frenchman, close to a BSB deal for 2009, highsided from his Alice Ducati during final free practice - then surfed on top of the sliding machine until it dug into the gravel and pitched him onto his shoulder.

"I have a lot of pain in the left shoulder," admitted Sylvain. "I have fractured the left shoulder blade and like this it is really hard to push to the maximum. Edwards has allowed me to follow him in the fast lap and I conquer a good lap time. Tomorrow it will be anyway really hard for me due to my physical conditions, but I will give my best as always."

Alice Team technical director Fabiano Sterlacchini, revealed that Guintoli had been advised by doctors not to even take part in qualifying.

"Sylvain has injured his left shoulder blade and notwithstanding the doctors suggested him to don't ride this afternoon, he preferred to step on his bike and with his physical condition he hasn't done so bad," he said.

Meanwhile, team-mate Elias - just 0.095secs faster than Guintoli - struggled with a lack of suitable tyres.

“I found the same problem as yesterday with the tyres," said the Spaniard. "There was the same temperature and the feeling was, unfortunately, the same. We kept the same handicap and like this it was impossible to push to the maximum. With the race tyre I made it to reached the ninth best lap time and I hope to improve even more tomorrow. I think that at the beginning of the race I will have to be really careful to let the tyres warm up in the best way possible."


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Who Cares - Unregistered

October 04, 2008 1:11 PM

"Edwards has allowed me to follow him in the fast lap and I conquer a good lap time." Always the case with Guintoli... unable to set a fast lap by himself. Nice guy tho



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