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Guintoli fractures collarbone whilst testing in France

Guintoli fractures collarbone whilst testing in France

Guintoli fractures collarbone whilst testing in France

New Tech 3 Yamaha rider Sylvain Guintoli has suffered a fractured collarbone as a result of a crash during testing. Far away from the Sepang Circuit where team-mate Makoto Tamada had his first run-out with an 800cc bike, the Frenchman was putting in development work on his Dunlop tyres at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of his homeland.

Having been informed of the news, Team Manager Herve Poncharal spoke with motogp.com to explain the situation.

"We had to work on a wet track, to attempt to replicate the conditions that we experienced at the Australian Grand Prix. So we booked Sylvain in for two days of testing at Paul Ricard with Dunlop. The track was specifically mocked up to imitate wet conditions, and when testing the tyres on the 990cc bike Sylvain unfortunately crashed and broke his collarbone," commented Poncharal.

"He lost the back on the Signes corner this morning. We expect to have him back in time for the January tests, but it is a pity that we couldn't get more information from what would have been a useful test," continued the Frenchman.

Poncharal also announced that Makoto Tamada's stay in Malaysia, where ironically no artificial aids were needed to provide wet weather conditions, would be extended.

"Makoto has had his first contact with the Yamaha and the Dunlop tyres, and due to the weather it isn't really possible to evaluate his work yet. However, first impressions seem to be good. I hope that we can have a more productive day tomorrow, and we have now decided that we will stay until Friday after losing so much time today."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, Sylvain Guintoli

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