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Sylvain Guintoli switches to PATA Ducati

24 July 2012

Less than a week after splitting with the Effenbert Liberty Ducati team, Sylvain Guintoli has confirmed he will be back on the World Superbike Championship grid next time out at Silverstone after firming a deal with PATA Racing.

The Frenchman endured an acrimonious split with the Czech-based outfit on the eve of the Brno round, Guintoli accused of 'poor results' despite being the team's top representative in the overall standings and securing its first-ever win at Assen earlier this year.

Nonetheless, despite being forced to miss the Czech event, Guintoli has already secured a return to the series aboard another Ducati with the Italian-based PATA Racing team, though it is yet to be confirmed whether it will expand to two machines to accommodate both the ex-MotoGP rider and current pilot Lorenzo Zanetti, or replace the latter.

Taking to Twitter to announce the move, Guintoli stated that he 'will be back on the Ducati 1198 in Silverstone' before posting an image of his new helmet with the cheeky message 'the view from the yellow bikes in Silverstone!'.

Despite missing an event, Guintoli arrives at PATA Racing holding eighth overall in the standings and as the second highest placed Ducati rider. As yet, PATA Racing's best finish this season with rookie Zanetti has been an eighth position at Imola.


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