Guintoli aiming for Phillip Island return

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Reigning World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli is aiming for a return to full fitness in time for the opening round of the 2015 season, after a testing crash at Jerez left him with neck and ankle injuries.

The Pata Honda rider was highsided from his bike after a problem with the electronics system during his opening laps of the two-day test. He immediately returned home to England for further scans and physiotherapy, and is making use of a hyperbaric chamber to speed his recovery.

“The back is still quite painful, 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.”

“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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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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