Guintoli riding with two broken ribs at Brno
Sylvain Guintoli has revealed that a crash in the Suzuka 8 Hour race last weekend means that he his riding in this weekend's Brno MotoGP round with two broken ribs.
Guintoli finished 10th in the prestigious endurance race with the Yoshimura Suzuki team alongside Takuya Tsuda and Bradley Ray, but suffered a crash with a backmarker in the early stages.
The Frenchman proceeded to make his second MotoGP wildcard appearance of 2018 at Brno but, with the pain gradually getting worse, Guintoli had an x-ray on Saturday and he was diagnosed with two broken ribs.
"Unfortunately I crashed in the Suzuka 8 Hours last weekend and pain has been quite bad," said Guintoli, who ended up qualifying 21st.
"I did an x-ray at lunchtime today and I got two broken ribs so now I know why I am in pain.
"It is actually getting worse so trying to manage this. This is not great, wouldn't recommend it to anybody, I wouldn't recommend riding GP bikes with broken ribs.
"That is not the most comfortable but is going well. We are assessing new parts and riding with some different parts this weekend and we'll going to do that on Monday as well, all good."
Guintoli admitted his race will be a challenge due to the injury: "It is gonna be painful that is for sure, I know that.
"We tried some painkillers for the qualifying, that worked, it just takes the edge off basically. Still quite painful but there is nothing really you can do with ribs, you have to rest it and wait. So I'll do that after Monday [testing]."
Guintoli added that his job as official Suzuki test rider has been going well, and feels that it would be "logical" for him to continue in the same role in 2019.
"I think the way we've been working from last year, actually the first time I tried the bike was last year, and this year with the test team and wildcards and Suzuka 8 Hour, for me it is really logical [to continue].
"It is a really good project and it is a great way for me to... I'm really enjoying doing it.
"For Suzuki seems like it is working as well, and looks like it is in a really good collaboration so we will see, this should be defined in the next few months."
Guintoli is due to make one more wildcard appearance with Suzuki this year in the Japanese GP at Motegi.
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