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Old 05-25-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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BSB: Guintoli suffers broken leg at Donington

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Championship chaser Sylvain Guintoli was forced to miss the first ViSK.com British Superbike race at Donington Park - and now faces a spell on the sidelines - after colliding with Joshua Brookes on the ride up to the grid.

The pair came together at the Melbourne hairpin as Brookes went up the inside of the Suzuki rider into the right-hander, collecting the Frenchman as he then turned in to take the corner. It was later confirmed, following video, photographic and timing evidence, that Brookes suffered a failure in the operation of the braking system. The exact cause of this remains unknown.

While Brookes was unharmed, Guintoli appeared to be clipped by his bike as he went down and was seen holding his right ankle.

Having been taken from the circuit on a stetcher, it has now been confirmed that Guintoli has suffered a broken leg, hitting his championship chances and leaving the Worx Crescent Suzuki team to evaluate its options as a one-rider team for the events Guintoli will be forced to miss.

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could face as long as ten weeks on the sidelines.

Brookes also failed to make the start of the opening race, which was won by Leon Camier.
Very strange incident
Brookes had completed 85% of the lap when this "brake failure" occurred!
When his HM Plant Honda was examined afterwards the brakes were found to be fine but telemetry and video footage say different!!
poor Guintoli (who was fastest in morning warm up) was totally the innocent party and yet comes away with compound fractures of the tibia and fibia!!!!

and this was on the sighting lap
He doesn't have much luck does he
look out for the video on youtube!!
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Gaaah! I was planning to watch the races later. :(

I enjoyed watching him in the first couple of rounds. I knew the guy could ride.. he showed some flashes while on the Tech 3 team.
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Old 05-26-2009, 01:11 AM   #3
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Gaaah! I was planning to watch the races later. :(

I enjoyed watching him in the first couple of rounds. I knew the guy could ride.. he showed some flashes while on the Tech 3 team.

welcome back stranger
what did they put you away (jail) for?????????????
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BSB: Suspended ban for Brookes
Josh Brookes has been handed a suspended one race ban after further investigations revealed a mechanical problem was not to blame for the accident that would see Sylvain Guintoli break his leg.

Brookes and Guintoli collided at the Melbourne hairpin on the sighting lap in the run up to the opening race, the impact causing the Frenchman to break his tibia and fibula.

Although an announcement soon after the accident and prior to examination of on-board data initially determined a problem in the 'operation of the braking system' as a cause for the accident, further investigations revealed there was 'no evidence of mechanical failure'.

Instead, it was also determined that Brookes was travelling at a pace consistent with a lap at racing speed and that the difference between him and Guintoli was 'incompatible with the end of a sighting lap'.

The full ruling was stated as follows:

- The rider pumped the brake lever in the braking area on the approach to the Melbourne Hairpin.

- The pressure developed in the braking system and the reduction in wheel speed on the approach to the corner was consistent with a lap at racing speed, up to the point where the rider pumped the brake lever.

- The point at which the brakes were applied was consistent with a lap at racing speed.

Brookes did state that he did not feel the brakes were working properly, although the exact reason why the rider pumped the brake is not known.

Brookes has subsequently been given a ban of one race, suspended for three British Superbike Championship meetings.

The HM Plant Honda team have chosen not to appeal
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The important thing is that I am back!
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