Sylvain Guintoli is to replace Alex Rins at Suzuki from the next race at Le Mans onwards, until Rins is fit to return. To help him prepare for his return to MotoGP, Guintoli will test the Suzuki GSX-RR on Monday, at the official Jerez test.
Choosing the Frenchman to replace Rins at Le Mans is an obvious choice. Guintoli has previous experience in MotoGP, having ridden a Yamaha and Ducati in 2007 and 2008.
Guintoli even led the MotoGP race at at wet Le Mans back in 2007, before crashing out in front of his home crowd. He is currently racing in BSB for Bennetts Suzuki, and with BSB on a hiatus until mid June, Guintoli will also be available for Mugello.
Rins is hoping to be back for Mugello, but it is extremely unlikely he will be fit in time. His best hope is to try to return at Barcelona, though even that will be tight.
The double displaced fracture of the bones in his left arm will take some time to recover. If Rins is not fit for Barcelona, then Guintoli will fill in for the Spaniard there as well, before he returns to race in BSB the following weekend.
Source: Suzuki Racing
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