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Guintoli injured in sighting lap crash

Sylvain Guintoli was the victim of a freak two-bike crash during the sighting lap for the first British Superbike Championship (BSB) race at Donington Park today. The Worx Crescent Suzuki rider sustained compound fractures to his right fibula and tibia.

At the time of writing it has been confirmed that Guintoli's injuries are confined to his right leg. Guintoli is still receiving treatment to his fractures but an early prognosis suggests he will be out of racing for the next ten weeks.

The accident happened at the end of the sighting lap as the riders were turning into the Melbourne Hairpin. It is evident that HM Plant Honda rider Josh Brookes arrived at the entry into the corner too fast and consequently crashed into Guintoli. The initial impact was responsible for Guintoli's injury. Brookes was uninjured in the collision.

MotorSport Vision Racing, the organisers of the BSB series, conducted an immediate investigation into the incident and have reported thus:

"Having interviewed Josh Brookes and team manager Havier Beltran, and after reviewing the incident with video, photographic and timing data evidence, it is concluded that it was caused by a failure in the operation of the braking system of Brookes' machine, the exact cause of which is unknown."

Jack Valentine, Worx Crescent Suzuki team manager: "This has come as a terrible blow to us. Sylvain has been brilliant throughout testing and the early season races. He's done a first class professional job, proving just how fast and how smooth he can be. He's made such an impression - he's quite probably the best rider I've ever worked with.

"We're obviously upset, incidents like this shouldn't happen anytime, but they're particularly hard to accept on sighting laps. However, we must now anticipate Sylvain's recovery. We're looking forward to his return, but by no means will we rush him back. It's important that Sylvain only returns when he's fully fit.

"In the meantime we will need to appoint a temporary replacement for him. We will need some time to consider our options and make an appointment - but in saying that, we will look to be making an announcement before Thruxton in a week's time."