Guin­toli im­presses at Mo­togp come­back

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MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike racer Syl­vain says he’s ex­cited to re­turn to Mo­togp af­ter a 10-year ab­sence, with the French­man re­plac­ing the in­jured Alex Rins on the fac­tory Suzuki ma­chine this week­end at his home race in Le Mans.

Guin­toli last raced full-time in the premier class in 2008, and had ar­guably the most fa­mous mo­ment of his Grand Prix ca­reer at the Le Mans cir­cuit when he led the 2007 French Grand Prix in the rain as a rookie on the Tech 3 Yamaha, be­fore leav­ing the class and even­tu­ally end­ing up as World Su­per­bike cham­pion in 2014.

How­ever, while it might have been a decade since he last sat on a Mo­togp bike, the 34-year-old im­pressed in a two-day test at Jerez fol­low­ing the Span­ish GP, even­tu­ally get­ting his lap time down to within only a few sec­onds of Mav­er­ick Viñales – some­thing that he says sur­prised even him de­spite the sweet­ness of the GSX-RR ma­chine.

“Even though I’ve been rid­ing dif­fer­ent bikes for a long time, I was quite ap­pre­hen­sive at the test, be­cause I haven’t rid­den a Mo­togp bike for so long. I didn’t re­ally know what to ex­pect, but the bike felt great. It’s a beau­ti­ful lit­tle mis­sile and it’s ab­so­lutely sorted. The phys­i­cal in­put is less than I’m used to, it’s very ag­ile and very light – ev­ery­thing feels re­ally sharp, like a big, pow­er­ful 250 GP bike!

“The power is huge, but she felt friendly – she wanted to be pushed, and it feels just so beau­ti­ful. Noth­ing com­pares to it, be­cause there’s power ev­ery­where but it’s con­trolled and al­most unique.”

‘ It’s a beau­ti­ful lit­tle mis­sile and it’s ab­so­lutely sorted. It’s very ag­ile’ SYL­VAIN GUIN­TOLI

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