Sylvain Guintoli back in the saddle at Jerez pre-season test.
07 February 2014: Sylvain Guintoli was back in the Aprilia Racing Team saddle at the Jerez pre-season test after a long recovery from a double surgery on his right shoulder which was injured halfway through 2013. The French rider hadn't ridden since the final race last season, right here at Jerez.
Towards the end of the second day Sylvain suffered a low speed crash, but without any physical consequences.
Sylvain Guintoli completed 68 laps, the best being 1’42.605
Sylvain Guintoli: “It's great to be back after such a long winter! Yesterday I rediscovered the RSV4 in the wet, whereas today it was nice to get out and take some laps in the dry. I found a good feeling straight away. It's a bit like riding a bicycle: it's hard to forget how. I'm quite pleased even if my shoulder is very tired now. I even crashed on my right side, so I suppose this can be considered a complete test! Let's keep our fingers crossed but there shouldn't be any big problem. Now I need to go back home and get ready for Phillip Island. I am very relieved now because before coming here I was very concerned. Actually, after almost four months without riding I wasn't even sure I'd have been able to do so, but now I know I'm ready for Australia.”
Sylvain Guintoli back in the Aprilia saddle at Jerez pre-season test
Sylvain Guintoli back in the Aprilia Racing Team saddle at the Jerez pre-season test after a long recovery from a double surgery on his right shoulder