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Guintoli rejoins Equipe GP de France

Guintoli rejoins Equipe GP de France

Guintoli rejoins Equipe GP de France

Sylvain Guintoli will be back with Equipe GP de France in 2005, the same team with which he made his Grand Prix debut back in 2001. After an impressive rookie season alongside Randy de Puniet, ‘Guinto' stepped up from 250cc action to join the MotoGP Yamaha Tech3 team as a test rider in 2002.

He returned to the 250cc World Championship with Campetella Racing for the next two seasons but his 2004 season was marred by technical problems. Now he hopes to be back amongst the best privateers as he re-joins his debut team.

"It's good to be back with my first team, it's a good motivation," said Guintoli. "Since 2001 and my debut season with Randy (de Puniet), the Equipe de France had three tough years. On my side, I had a disappointing season this year and I'm pleased to be return to a team I feel comfortable with.

"I will ride a kitted Aprilia, but I will have the first rider status in the team, which is important. It's a new challenge, which is just as motivating for me as for the team.

"The team will also allow me to get ready for the new season in good conditions, as they are used to doing a lot of pre-season testing. I should be back on track by late January – early February."


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