Guintoli to return to MotoGP from Le Mans
4 May 2017 – Sylvain Guintoli will return to MotoGP from the French Grand Prix onwards with Suzuki, until Álex Rins can return from his injury-enforced layoff.
Rins sustained fractures to his left forearm and wrist in a crash during practice for the Grand Prix of the Americas, with a recovery time of six to eight weeks estimated by doctors.
Suzuki has promoted test rider Takuya Tsuda for this weekend's Jerez event but Guintoli will return to the premier class for his home race at Le Mans, alongside regular rider Andrea Iannone.
Guintoli will consequently ride the GSX-RR at any following events until Rins is fit to return.
Guintoli competed in MotoGP full time in 2007/08 before moving to World Superbikes, taking the title in 2014, and currently races with Suzuki in British Superbikes.
"First, I would like to thank Suzuki for giving me this fantastic opportunity," said Guintoli.
"Being able to ride the GSX-RR, currently one of the fastest racing machines 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 tyres, but my main goal is to enjoy the experience and give 100% per cent commitment to the team."
Guintoli will join Suzuki for next week's post-race test on Tuesday.