Pata Honda Press Release: Injury Update On Sylvain Guintoli

After a major highside at the start of the Jerez test, in which Sylvain Guintoli landed on his head and shoulder, straining his neck and bruising his shoulder, the Pata Honda rider was forced to miss the remainder of the test. Pata Honda have now issued the following press release, updating the reigning world champion's condition:


Sylvain Guintoli – injury update

Following his crash at turn one at Jerez in Spain on Monday 26 January at the start of a pre-season test, Pata Honda rider Sylvain Guintoli chose to return to the UK for complete assessment of his injuries.

Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 28 January) the reigning World Superbike champion underwent an MRI scan on his neck and back and had a further X-ray on his right ankle.

Despite severe bruising and some discomfort, it was confirmed that Guintoli sustained no fractures and the 32-year-old has begun his rehabilitation with physiotherapy and the use of a hyperbaric chamber.

“The back is still quite painful,” said Guintoli, “but I can put some pressure on the ankle and I’m happy that there are no breaks. The treatment has started and although it will take a while to settle down, I’m confident about being fit and ready to start the season at Phillip Island next month.”

He added: “In the end, it was frustrating to miss the test at Jerez, especially because the weather conditions were so good. But we have another two-day test in Australia before the first round and I’ve already had a chance to see the work that has been done to the CBR over the winter, so I’m excited and looking forward to the first race.”

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I heard that Guinters went down but I didn't know he was that badly hurt. This is quite unfortunate for him because even though he is a seasoned rider it's never good to miss any test time, and sometimes injuries like this can linger all season. So he needs all the seat time he can get. Especially in dealing with that old re-done (and re-done) Fire Blade! I give the team massive props for keeping the bike as competitive as they have. I would sure like to see HRC step up and put a better mount under these guys, but they remain focused on the GP effort, and I respect that decision.

Best of luck to the Pata Riders - they are gonna need it!