Guintoli: A great new challenge.

Sylvain Guintoli says he was ready for a new challenge when he made the decision to join the British Superbike Championship from MotoGP.

Guintoli will line-up in his first-ever Superbike race with Crescent Suzuki next month at Brands Hatch after defecting from the premier motorcycle category.

Expected to be a big draw for the series, Guintoli told that his decision to join the British championship was partly motivated by the opportunity to spend more time with his family, who reside with him in this country.

Furthermore, with several seasons of grand prix behind him, Guintoli says this was the right time to seek a new challenge and do something that was right for him personally.

“I am really excited,” he said. “I am really looking forward to it. It is a great new challenge for me. Everything is changing because I have been doing GP for eight years, so it is great to be moving to a category that I don't know.

“It is going to be a bit more convenient for me because I have been living in England for a while and a lot of the tracks are close. For me, family life will be a lot easier. Going around the world is not very good for this, so I am pleased to be spending more time with my kids and my wife.”

Although he wouldn't rule out ever returning to MotoGP, the 26-year-old adds that he is in no way sad to have left it behind.

“There is this thing of prestige that MotoGP is where you want to be as a rider, but I have many years in GP racing and I need a new experience and a new challenge," he said. "I had two years in MotoGP and I had a great time, especially in the first year where we managed some good results. But I have come here by choice and I have absolutely no regrets!”

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Sylvain Guintoli will ride for Crescent Suzuki in the 2009 British Superbike Championship
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Jon M - Unregistered

March 04, 2009 9:31 AM

In 2007 I thought Sylvain was going to be the next big thing. 2008 was so cruel to him- I hope that he can prove himself to be the talent so many of us want him to be. He's a very likeable guy and I'd love him to win BSB and avenge last years poor Moto GP season. Don't let us down Sylvain!

Ant - Unregistered

March 04, 2009 5:25 PM

I have to disagree that Sylvain hasn't got the "fight" for BSB, out of the current motogp riders i would say he's one of the best suited to it. Head down and elbows out Sylvain! :)

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