Sylvain Guintoli is making his first comeback with Pata Yamaha since breaking his ankle at Imola in May at a two-day private test for World Superbike teams at Lausitzring.

The former World Superbike champion has been out of action since round five at Imola when he sustained a broken ankle and concussion in a nasty high-side off during Superpole qualifying.

The French rider has made tentative steps back towards full fitness by riding a Yamaha R1M at Silverstone as part of a commercial event as well as private track days on a standard R1 at Donington Park and Mallory Park near his UK home.

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The two-day test will mark his first return to riding with Pata Yamaha and joins up alongside Alex Lowes, who is fresh from his Suzuka 8 Hours victory with Pol Espargaro and Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

The factory Yamaha squad are testing together with the Kawasaki Racing Team as well as the factory Honda squad, plus World Supersport challenger PJ Jacobsen.

Across the two-day test (Wednesday and Thursday) the riders of each category will each enjoy a total of 5 hours and 20 minutes of track time. Last month the Racing Ducati squad ran a private test at Lausitzring with Chaz Davies and the outgoing Davide Giugliano.

The Lausitzring hosts round 10 of the 2016 World Superbike championship on the 16-18 September, which ends the extended summer break which began back in July after Laguna Seca.


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Not likely as Lowes will get a renewal as a reward for the Suzuka 8h win and Van der Mark is going somewhere since Bradl is replacing him, MotoGP is probably all taken now so not much choice in WSBK..