THE YOUNG VETERAN!
At the age of thirty-nine, Sylvain Guintoli is already a seasoned veteran of top-flight racing with a World championship career that stretches back over two decades.
Making his grand prix debut all the way back in 2000 in the 250cc class, two years later the Frenchman got his first taste of MotoGP with a wildcard ride.
Guintoli remained in the 250cc class – and proved himself to be a solid points scorer – until the end of 2006 and he then contested two seasons in MotoGP with his highest finish of fourth.
He endured an injury-hit 2009 season in the British Superbike series, but raced the last round of that year’s World Superbike Championship which opened the door for a place on the WSB starting grid for the next eight seasons where he won the ultimate prize in 2014.
During his time in WSB he also sampled the FIM Endurance World Championship and contested the Suzuka 8 Hours – hard-earned experience he put to good use in this year’s EWC alongside Gregg Black and Xavier Simeon on the newly-formed Yoshimura SERT Motul team.
Despite a fall at the 12 Hours of Estoril, victories at the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans and Bol d’Or combined with third at the 6 Hours of Most in the Czech Republic were good enough to take the World title.
FIM Endurance World Champion - 2021
FIM Superbike World Champion - 2014