Sylvain Guintoli will replace Alex Rins at the Le Mans Grand Prix, the Bennetts Suzuki rider stepping in to ride the GSX-RR MotoGP machine in place of the injured Spaniard.
Rins suffered an ulna and radius displacement and dislocation fractures in his left forearm as a result of a crash during FP3 at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Despite successful surgery, Rins will require a significant period of rest to recover. As a result, test rider Takuya Tsuda will step in to fill for Rins at the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez this weekend, before Guintoli will step into the role for his home Grand Prix at Le Mans.
Guintoli said of the announcement, "First, I would like to thank Suzuki for giving me this fantastic opportunity. Being able to ride the GSX-RR, one of the fastest racing machine in the world, is a very exciting prospect, let alone at my home race in front of the French fans.
"The Le Mans Grand Prix brings back a lot of strong memories, the best one of course was leading the MotoGP race for a few laps in 2007. This is going to be a very difficult challenge, adapting to the very powerful prototype MotoGP machine and the Michelin tires, but my main goal is to enjoy the experience and give 100% commitment to the team.
"The test on Tuesday will give us some time to adapt and to start understanding this amazing motorcycle, but finally, I want to wish a very good recovery to Alex."