Guintoli pleased to have team working round him

Sylvain Guintoli says he is unfazed by the prospect of not having a team-mate alongside him for his maiden British Superbike season, the Frenchman insisting that going solo will work to his advantage.

Although Guintoli was confirmed by the Crescent Suzuki team before the end of last season, the subsequent loss of backing from title sponsor Rizla made it doubtful that funding for a second GSX-R1000 could be found.

With the current economic climate meaning Crescent is unlikely to have replaced its Rizla title backing by the start of the season, Guintoli will be their sole representative for the time being.

Nonetheless, the 'rookie' Frenchman is not dwelling on the fact he will have no team-mate to share data with or gain experience from, instead insisting this is a way for Crescent to work solely around him.

“To be honest, I don't really care [about not having a team-mate],” he told “It is good and motivating when you have a fast team-mate and you have someone to push you. It is positive for the team to have two fast riders because your team-mate is your first enemy.

“I'm not bothered though. In a way it is good to be on your own because the team will concentrate on what I want to do and all the attention will be on me and getting the bike right. I don't think it will affect my performance.”

Guintoli will make his BSB debut at the season opening Brands Hatch round on Easter weekend in April.

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Sylvain Guintoli will ride for Crescent Suzuki in the 2009 British Superbike Championship
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]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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ders - Unregistered

March 26, 2009 3:05 PM

As Tootin said. But... Glen will definatly be in contention (personally I genuinely belive he had the talent to be a World champion somewhere along the line but never had the brass to get the chance) which in turn will bring Josh along as for the majority of the rest their only there because of money. At the end of the day the reason it takes so long to get real class riders out of the UK is because it takes so long to find someone with real ability and money (Spies) simple as. Haslam is a classic example where would he be now with out the the money and the name?? It's took a long long time for him to get fast not many people could have funded that journey. :rolleyes:

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