Not much is known about this Frenchman who lives in England. Sylvain has mainly spent his entire career on the back of 250cc bikes and since 2007, has plied his trade at the topmost level of MotoGP.
Guintoli has had prior experience on a MotoGP bike but that was just a one-off race in the 2002 season. Since then, and before that, he has mainly been on privateer teams for the 250cc Class in the World 250cc Championships. For Guintoli, it was truly a ‘dream come true’ moment when he was called up by the Tech 3 Yamaha team for a season in MotoGP, in 2007. His initial time with the team was rather torrid as he suffered a broken collarbone during early testing. He was unable to participate in the remaining tests but since then, established a place for himself in the team.
He consistently scored points at the lower end of the points’ finishes throughout 2007. He was particularly strong in damp conditions and in one instant, he led the Laguna Seca race on a wet day before falling and finishing in 10th place. His best finish in 2007 came as a fourth place finish at the Motegi Grand Prix. That also became his tyre manufacturer, Dunlop’s, best finish on an 800cc bike.
In 2008, his consistent performances of the past led him to Luis d’Antin and the Ducati Desmocedici. Guintoli will replace Alex Hoffman on the re-named Alice Team squad. The team will be looking at the Frenchman to produce more of his consistent finishes as well as push for a higher finish even.