Guintoli pulls out of Misano return

Pata Yamaha rider Sylvain Guintoli has confirmed that he won’t be returning to the World Superbike Championship at this weekend’s Misano round.

The Frenchman broke his ankle during the Tissot-Superpole 2 at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola on May 1.

The 33-year-old confirmed via Twitter that he would miss this weekend’s racing, “I will be in Misano to support my Team but still too early to ride,” Guintoli Tweeted.

Last week in an interview with the WorldSBK site, Guintoli said that he was hoping to make his WSBK return at Misano, saying at the time, “I think I’ll be able to walk soon, and I shouldn’t have too many problems in Misano. I’ll do everything I can to come back as quickly as possible – I want to be at 100% before getting on the bike.”

In the last race at Donington on May 29, Cameron Beaubier was the Frenchman’s replacement and could do it again if Yamaha don’t go with Nico Canepa who has been testing at San Marino with Alex Lowes.