Sylvain Guintoli: Using The Rear Brake

Rennie Scaysbrook | April 24, 2020

Sylvain Guintoli is going full gas on his YouTube videos right now, and in a matter of months, the former WorldSBK Champion has become one of the leading authorities on what it takes to go fast on the racetrack.

Guintoli is Suzuki’s current MotoGP test rider and the man largely responsible for taking the Ecstar Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP machine from a mid-field runner to one that can consistently challenge the front runners in the hands of Alex Rins and Joan Mir.

We’re huge Sylvain Guintolo fans here at Cycle News because the man has an almost unbeatable resume for the average YouTuber but he breaks down the information on track riding very well. And, because he’s ridden and raced everything from two-stroke 250GP racers to Superbikes to MotoGP and World Endurance, he can turn the knowledge into entertaining snippets of information riders of any level can consume and benefit from.

The latest video he’s posted is on using the rear brake on track. This is an incredibly important technique to learn and understand, and he also informs you as to why you may not want to use it.

If you have any ambition to improve your lap times, be it in a track day or MotoAmerica, this video is worth your 10 minutes.

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Rennie Scaysbrook | Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook is our Road Test Editor. A lifetime rider, the Aussie made the trek across the Pacific to live the dream in the U.S. of A. Likes puppies and wheelies.