WSBK – WSBK 2016: for Sylvain Guintoli, it’s not America … –

WSBK 2016: for Sylvain Guintoli, it’s not America…

WSBK - WSBK 2016: for Sylvain Guintoli, it's not America ... -

Eliminated from the competition for more than two months, Sylvain Guintoli assures that his ankle is better but prefers to give up his place on the factory Yamaha R1 to Niccolo Canepa for the WSBK event scheduled this weekend in Laguna Seca (USA). Explanations.

Victim of a nasty fall during April 30, Sylvain Guintoli had injured his ankle. Since then, the only French rider registered in World Superbike has been trying to recover his mobility and his strength: a hard job that should not be spoiled by a hasty return to competition….

This high side in Italy would not have more badly to "fall" since five tests followed one another between the end of April and the middle of June (read again our). With his counter stuck at 58 points (while Rea’s has to date totaled 343 out of 400 max!), Sylvain has every interest in fine-tuning his rehabilitation !

Admittedly, Mister Guintoli was able to get back on – a replica of – his World Superbike R1 on June 26 during the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​(England), but the condition of his left foot does not yet allow him to operate at 100% his factory machine.

First hoped for, then – the official WSBK and MotoGP teams are based very close to Monza, in Italy -, the return of the will not be done this weekend in Laguna Seca (United States)….

If the "Frenchie" could not check yesterday on social networks the box of the legendary Californian circuit, he validates on the other hand those of the "rehabilitation" of his ankle, his impatience to get back on the R1, scheduled private tests in August and the German Lausitzring event !

Our dear "Guinters" will therefore certainly be able to return to competition after the looong summer break – which this year extends from this Sunday evening until Friday, September 16! -, in order to end this funny 2016 season firmly and in style … and claim the title in 2017 ?!

Replaced by the excellent Cameron Beaubier in Donington, Sylvain Guintoli will not give him his motorcycle again this weekend: the American will indeed be present in Monterey this weekend, but will line up in his national championship !

The spontaneous application of Marco Melandri, who had volunteered to replace the French at Laguna Seca on condition of carrying out some tests beforehand (read) was not accepted either: the n ° 33 would now be closer to the Greens than Blues or …

"In July, I will know if I can set up this project", explained Manuel Puccetti (who drives and wins Sofuoglu and Krummenacher in World Supersport!) during the Misano event."If we can put together a good package, like the official team, then Marco Melandri would be delighted to join us.". To be continued

Finally, it is the and very talented Niccolo Canepa who will once again pilot the R1 of our national n ° 50. On his handlebars, Niccolo had recorded two very good results in Misano: and .

"I am very excited to ride once again with the WorldSBK Official Pata Yamaha Team", rightly declares n ° 59."I had a good weekend for my debut (in world Superbike category, Editor’s note)in Misano and I’m sure I can do better in Laguna".

Replacing Sylvain during the official tests at Misano as well, Niccolo considers himself to be "more comfortable on the YZF-R1 and really enjoyed the latest progress. I love the Laguna circuit and the atmosphere of the round in the United States. So I am 100% motivated and ready !". Forza Canepa … And good luck Guintoli !

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