Two broken ribs sustained at the Suzuka Eight-Hours are holding back Sylvain Guintoli during his MotoGP wildcard appearance at Brno.
The Frenchman, who is taking part in this weekend's MotoGP race, found himself in a lot of pain after yesterday's free practice sessions.
Guintoli revealed that he suffered two broken ribs while part of the Yoshimura Suzuki team in Japan.
“Unfortunately I crashed in the Suzuka Eight-Hours last weekend and pain has been quite bad,” Guintoli revealed.
“I did an X-ray at lunchtime today and I got two broken ribs so now I know why I am in pain. It’s actually getting worse so trying to manage this.
“This is not great, wouldn’t recommend it to anybody, I wouldn’t recommend riding GP bikes with broken ribs. That is not the most comfortable but is going well.”
Guintoli is in Brno ahead of Monday’s post race test which seen as a pivotal one in the season for all teams. Despite the injury, Guintoli said he can rest his ribs afterwards.
“We are assessing new parts and riding with some different parts this weekend and we’ll going to do that on Monday as well, all good,” he said.
“It’s going be painful that is for sure. We tried some painkillers for the qualifying that worked; it just takes the edge off basically. Still quite painful but there is nothing really you can do with ribs, you have to rest it and wait. So I’ll do that after Monday.”