Guintoli to ride Suzuki in Portugal

Former MotoGP rider Sylvain Guintoli to make his World Superbike debut at Portimao ahead of his full switch to the series in 2010.
Suzuki has confirmed Sylvain Guintoli will make an early World Superbike Championship debut after being called up to compete at the 2009 season finale in Portugal.

The Frenchman will ride for Suzuki Alstare in 2010 after being revealed as one-half of an all-new rider line-up for the team, alongside Leon Haslam.

However, with Max Neukirchner not returning to the team, former MotoGP rider Guintoli will be given the chance to sample World Superbike racing for the first time at Portimao alongside his successor at Worx Crescent Suzuki in British Superbikes, Yukio Kagayama.

Guintoli's appearance comes just a week after undergoing surgery to remove a screw from the plates used to repair the tibia and fibula he fractured in an accident at Donington Park earlier in the year.

Nonetheless, Guintoli, who won his first-ever Superbike race at Brands Hatch, is feeling good about the healing process.

"The operation is good because it means I can put more pressure on my leg and that should help the healing process. It's still not completely joined but it will be by next year. Over winter I'll have the rest of the screws out and everything will be good," declared Guintoli.

Guintoli, along with Haslam, is expected to participate in the Portimao tests on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the race weekend.

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Cubikrube - Unregistered

October 19, 2009 1:46 PM

I think it's good for Sylvain and his new team. He can then go onto the Portimao test with a race weekend under his belt and will have a point of reference to go from to improve his feel for the bike. The more the merrier as far as i am concerned as long as they stay outta the way of Nori and Ben :p

Martin - Unregistered

October 19, 2009 8:05 PM

Expectations have to be low considering that he's not fully fit, but could Muggaz or anybody else have realistically done much better? At least it means he'll get to Portimao at the end of 2010 with experience of the track - could be crucial if he or Leon are fighting for the title.

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