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Sylvain Guintoli back in MotoGP with Suzuki

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Paris, France- Former World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli will make a MotoGP comeback at his home French Grand Prix on 21 May as replacement for injured Suzuki rider Alex Rins.

Suzuki said on Wednesday the experienced 34-year-old would stand in until Spanish rookie Rins could return. Rins broke his right ankle while training on a motocross bike in March and was then ruled out of April's Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas after crashing heavily in final practice and fracturing his left wrist.

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Sylvain Guintoli is currently competing in the British Superbike Championship. Photo: Mohammed Dabbou / Reuters

The team said Guintoli, whose last full season in MotoGP was with Ducati in 2008, although he made a one-off return in Germany in 2011, was a natural choice.

"Not only was he World Superbike champion in 2014," it said, "but he also already has experience in MotoGP, and he is already a Suzuki rider."

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