Pata Yamaha’s former World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli will be absent from the team again this weekend as Nico Canepa stands in for him at Laguna Seca.
Guintoli is still recovering from his crash at Imola which saw him badly break his leg and he now has the entire summer break to recover.
Canepa is no stranger to the Laguna circuit, having ridden here on WSBK and MotoGP machinery on five occasions throughout his career, and is keen to show what he can do.
“I had a great weekend in Misano at the debut, and I'm sure I can try to do a better result in Laguna. After the Misano tests I feel more comfortable on the YZF-R1 and really enjoyed discovering the latest improvements,” said the Italian.
“I literally love the Laguna circuit and the atmosphere of the US round, so I'm 100% motivated and ready. Thanks again to Yamaha and to the Crescent Team for this opportunity. I can't wait to get started.”