Worx Crescent Suzuki team manager Jack Valentine says he isn't surprised to see Sylvain Guintoli claim pole position on his British Superbike Championship debut at Brands Hatch.

Although the team has been trimmed down to a single GSX-R1000 for 2009, the acquisition of MotoGP exile Guintoli is proving to be a master stroke for the Crescent team after he proved the pace setter throughout qualifying.

Setting consistently quick lap times too, Valentine reveals that was precisely what the team had worked on during a lengthy winter testing period.

"We have done our homework in testing and we were running very consistent lap times in testing and this is what we have been focusing on," he told Crash.net Radio

"There is no use doing just one good lap, you need to be them all the time. I am not surprised because he has a very good pedigree and coming from MotoGP, with the experience he has, he is going to up there challenging.

An important result for a team that arrives at Brands Hatch with a new rider, bike and sponsor, Valentine reckons Guintoli's performance goes a long way to justify their decision to chase a 'quality rider' to replace Tom Sykes.

"It has been a fantastic day," Valentine added. "We have come here to the first round with a brand new bike, new sponsor in Worx and a new rider too, and we're all working together well.

"When we lost Tom Sykes to World Superbikes, the objective was the replace him with a high quality rider, which we achieved with Sylvain. He wanted a new challenge and to win races again, and he saw BSB as a way forward and not a step backwards."