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Guintoli escapes injury after Haslam collision

Sylvain Guintoli will be fit to ride at Assen, but the Frenchman remains frustrated to be taken out on race day at Imola.
Sylvain Guintoli says he will be targeting the podium during the third round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship at Assen after doctors confirmed he did not fracture any bones in his crash at Imola.

The Frenchman, who qualified second in Italy, had been eyeing a rostrum finish when on the second lap of the opening encounter he was nudged out wide by Leon Haslam on the exit of Tamburello. Sending him across the grass, Guintoli dropped the Effenbert Liberty Ducati as he crossed back onto the circuit, collecting the hapless Chaz Davies.

Though he participated in the second race, Guintoli was seen by doctors after the weekend for a possible rib injury. However, while he was diagnosed with bruising, doctors confirmed that nothing is broken.

Frustrated to see a good result scuppered 'by a mistake from another rider', Guintoli is now looking to translate his good pace into better results at Assen.

“I had a consultation with my doctor in UK,” he said. “The rib is not broken which is a great bonus and will make the recovery time a lot shorter once the heavy bruising goes away. Still I feel very frustrated about the Imola race day as we made such a great job during the practices. I felt ready to race for podiums once again and this was taken away by a mistake from another rider.

“The good news is that the team, the bike and myself are "gelling" very well at the moment. So the result is some very good outright speed and pace on track. I am now looking forward to fight in Assen which is one of my favourite tracks.”

Guintoli claimed a podium finish in the opening race of the season at Phillip Island, but has scored just five points in the following three races.



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Davies hits Guintoli’s fallen bike at Imola 2012 (pic: ParkinGO Aprilia).
Davies hits Guintoli’s fallen bike at Imola 2012 (pic: ParkinGO Aprilia).
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Davies hits Guintoli’s fallen bike at Imola 2012 (pic: ParkinGO Aprilia).
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Ivor Bueb - Unregistered

April 05, 2012 12:19 PM

The crash was started by Haslam's mistake, true- But come on, these guys are racing, not riding on a public road. I can hardly think of a single rider in supers or GPs that hasn't caused a prang at some point. Guintoli avoids blaming Haslam, he obviously looks on it as a racing incident (albeit a frustrating one). Poor Guintoli always seems to cop it through no fault of his own though.



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