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Sylvain Guintoli, a Suzuki MotoGP test racer, considers returning to WorldSBK

Sylvain Guintoli, a Suzuki MotoGP test racer, has indicated that negotiations to rejoin WorldSBK and to stay in the Endurance World Championship are ongoing.

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At the completion of this season, Guintoli’s employment with Suzuki will expire. He last competed in WorldSBK for Puccetti Kawasaki during the last two rounds of 2017.

Guintoli’s contract with Suzuki as its exclusive MotoGP test racer will expire, and the Japanese company has also terminated Guintoli’s involvement in the World Endurance Championship. This decision was made owing to financial concerns.

Guintoli has been a major factor in Suzuki’s ongoing success on the Endurance stage. He rides for Yoshimura SERT Motul Suzuki alongside Gregg Black and former MotoGP racer Xavier Simeon, who is also the defending champion. Guintoli, Black, and Simeon are also in the lead of the 2022 championship standings after two rounds.

Nevertheless, after supporting the development of a GSX-RR that Joan Mir used to win the world championship in 2020, his test racer job in MotoGP has become as as important.

Given his achievements and experience, the French racer is likely to have several options for switching manufacturers, but the championship he participates in might be unexpected.

After current discussions at Donington Park, Guintoli, who is 40 years old, has not ruled out the idea of returning to WorldSBK.

“At the moment I don’t know in which direction I’m going,” Guintoli told SPEEDWEEK.com. “I’m on the market for next year and the future and I’m talking to a lot of different teams and manufacturers.

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“At the moment I don’t know in which direction I’m going,” Guintoli told SPEEDWEEK.com. “I’m on the market for next year and the future and I’m talking to a lot of different teams and manufacturers.

“I have to find out what is possible for me. There are interesting opportunities as a test rider, but I also believe that I can still be competitive in the Superbike or Endurance World Championships and I’m looking around there.

“I’m one of the most experienced riders and have the necessary speed. At the end of the 2017 season I did a few races for the Puccetti Kawasaki team, which was very positive.

“At Donington I spoke to Manuel Puccetti and some other teams, let’s see what happens. He has a very good team and has made some steps forward since 2017.”

Guintoli, an Aprilia racer who won the WorldSBK title in 2014, has demonstrated significant speed in his MotoGP wildcard appearances to indicate that he might perform better than some of the recent Superbike racers.

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