Guintoli kicks off Suzuki testing

Crescent Suzuki and Sylvain Guintoli have completed a positive first outing with the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9 following a test at the Calafat circuit in Spain.

Although Guintoli has spent much of the winter acclimatising to both the team and the circuits he will encounter during his first British Superbike season, this is the first time he has experienced the 2009-specification Suzuki.

Completing 145 laps of the circuit in Northern Spain, although windy weather conditions played their part in reducing the team's schedule, Guintoli was adamant the new bike is already a significant improvement on the machine that won three BSB races in the hands of Tom Sykes last season.

"Overall it's been a really encouraging start. Compared to the 2008 machine I rode at Brands Hatch last year, the new Crescent Suzuki already feels more focused, and this is just our first outing. Despite the test being shortened due to the high winds, I feel like we've got a great package to build on from here onwards."

Team manager Jack Valentine also thinks the team are in a better position now than they were twelve months previously when they last tested at Calafat.

"I'm really pleased with how things have gone this week. We tested here last year, and I know from Sylvain's performance that we're leaving here in a much stronger position already. We've actually made minimal setting changes, which just demonstrates how good the new bike is."

Guintoli returns to Spain, this time at Almeria, for further testing next month.

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Gazza - Unregistered

February 13, 2009 1:02 PM

In a way its a shame that riders of Guintoli's quality end up in a national series, but its got to be good for the fans. At the risk of everyone hitting the disagree button i think third place is possible, behind Ellison and Camier!

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