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Guintoli gets MotoGP call up with Suzuki for Le Mans

MCE British Superbike Championship contender Sylvain Guintoli will return to the MotoGP grid at his home Grand Prix at Le Mans, deputising for Team Suzuki Ecstar’s factory rider Alex Rins who is sidelined through injury.

Guintoli will get his first taste of the Team Suzuki MotoGP machine when he takes part in Tuesday´s test day, to get acquainted with the factory MotoGP machine and start his adaptation process with a break in the MCE BSB calendar until Knockhill in June.

Guintoli said: "Firstly, I would like to thank Suzuki for giving me this fantastic opportunity. Being able to ride the GSX-RR, currently one of the fastest racing machine in the world is a very exciting prospect, let alone at my home race in front of the French fans. The ‘Le Mans Grand Prix’ brings back a lot of strong memories, the best one of course was leading the MotoGP race for a few laps in 2007.

“This is going to be a very difficult challenge, adapting to the very powerful prototype MotoGP machine and the Michelin tires, but my main goal is to enjoy the experience and give a hundred percent commitment to the Team Suzuki Ecstar. The test on Tuesday will give us some time to adapt and to start understanding this amazing motorcycle. Finally, I want to wish a very good recovery to Alex."

Team Manager Davide Brivio commented: “For us it’s a good opportunity to be able to substitute Alex with Sylvain, who is a rider with strong and solid experience in racing, both in Superbike and MotoGP. He is a former World Champion in Superbike and he is already racing for Suzuki in the British Superbike Championship, so he is already part of the Suzuki family. With him we will try to carry on with the development of our GSX-RR, trying to improve it more and more.

“Also, during the races, hopefully we will be able to prepare an even more competitive package for Alex when he returns to us. Of course we hope this will happen very soon, that he is at 100%. In the meantime, we’ll try to fully take advantage of these races. I want to give a warm welcome to Sylvain from our team, and all we ask from him is to enjoy his time with us and make the most of this opportunity. We are also happy to give this small token of affection to our French fans, who will have another Frenchman racing the MotoGP in their home GP.”

The eighth round of the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Cadwell Park on August 18/19/20.  For more information click here

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