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Michael Rutter to race Worx Crescent Suzuki

After yesterday's sighting lap incident at Donington Park, we can confirm that Sylvain Guintoli is making a good recovery. Guintoli was operated on last night to pin his broken right fibula and tibia and Toby Branfoot, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, has explained a further operation will be needed tomorrow. Mr Branfoot also warns that the fractures are complicated and that it's likely Guintoli's recovery period will be longer than first anticipated.

We can also confirm, in light of the circumstances, that Michael Rutter will ride the Worx Crescent Suzuki for round four of the British Superbikes Championship at Thruxton this weekend. The arrangement is for the one meeting only - made in light of the immediacy of this weekend's racing - while a longer term solution is being fully considered.

Paul Denning, team owner: "The events of yesterday are a massive disappointment for everyone involved with the Worx Crescent Suzuki team, as well as a blow for the BSB series as a whole. Risks are always involved, but when your rider is as talented and consistent as Sylvain and then something like this happens - which is totally beyond his control and outside of a racing situation, through the apparent incompetence of another competitor - it's difficult to accept.

"I was lucky enough to be at Donington Park over the weekend and was massively impressed by the team and Sylvain's combined professionalism. His final qualifying performance and that again of the Monday warm-up showed he was looking to achieve a double win, which I believe he would have achieved. Our thoughts are with Sylvain and his family and we will be doing everything we can to help him in his recovery. I can report he is in good spirits, as always.

"Looking forward, while the championship is now beyond us, we are determined to continue to demonstrate what a fantastic bike the Suzuki GSX-R1000K9 is. While our primary thoughts are with Sylvain, we look forward to continuing and building on his impressive early season performances."

Jack Valentine, team manager: "We have given Michael Rutter the opportunity to ride our bike at Thruxton as this is a very very fast and technical circuit and it was our feeling that we needed a very experienced and capable rider for the job. I have worked with Michael in the past - to good effect - as has our crew chief Les Pearson, and we are confident in his ability. Within the short period of time we have before the weekend Michael will not be able to test the bike beforehand. All the same, Michael has a self-professed love of the circuit so we anticipate a strong performance.

"Regarding a longer term replacement, we are still reviewing the situation and we would ideally like to have a rider in place ready for Snetterton. Michael is certainly part of considerations there."

Michael Rutter: "I'm still in shock about was has happened and foremost I extend my sympathies to Sylvain, I wish him a full and speedy recovery.

"For me, this is a great opportunity and having seen Sylvain's progress on this bike I'm very excited to get this opportunity to ride it. I like Thruxton, it's a real rider's circuit, and with two podiums there last year I'm confident we can put together two good results."