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 Crash.net
. “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.