Valentine excited by Guintoli potential

Worx Crescent Suzuki team manager Jack Valentine is confident Sylvain Guintoli has more to come in this year's British Superbike Championship after debuting at Brands Hatch with a pole position, a win and a second place.

Guintoli proved he will be a title contender this season with a run to victory in the opening race of the year, despite a poor start dropping him down as low as sixth position initially.

Nonetheless, the Frenchman showed he can ride elbow-to-elbow with his more Superbike-experienced rivals as he forged his way back into contention and ultimately claim victory. Following it up with second position in the following race, Guintoli and Suzuki leave the opening round with an early championship lead.

However, despite his successful BSB bow, Valentine is confident Guintoli still has plenty to learn over the remainder of the season after the rider admitted to getting frustrated in the second race.

“Absolutely fantastic,” he told Radio. “To come away with two podiums and a win, you couldn't really ask for much more.

“It was a good day and I think Sylvain will go away having learnt something from it. Also new to him is having two races in a day, so he has had to get his head around that too. He will have learnt a lot after the second race of the day and the way it panned out, so he should be even stronger at Oulton.”

Now heading to Oulton Park, where Tom Sykes secured a double victory for the Crescent team in 2008, Valentine admits Guintoli will need to work on his race starts.

“We had an issue at the start and he needs to sharpen up on that,” he added. “If you put in the hard work to get pole position, it is no good heading into the first turn in sixth position. It is an area he needs to improve, but if he continues to qualify on the front row, he will be a bigger force to be reckoned with.

“He has already had a look around Oulton Park and we'll probably make another visit before we go there, just so he can familiarise himself and then we must get down to it on the practice days. We have data from last year, so it is a case of getting the laps in and learning it as quick as possible.”

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Sylvain Guintoli - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Dunlop, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Taylor Mackenzie, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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ders - Unregistered

April 15, 2009 9:20 PM

Farmer...Do you honestly think there isn't launch control on the bike?? Behave :rolleyes: Gisnters lovely bloke class rider and he will get better(aclimatised). If you think back a couple of years ago to motogp he was mega fast and a real natural talent considering the package he had, the only stumbling block could be the "do or die" nature of BSB it might proove a bit frustrating for him. Definately a title contender bordering on "in the bag"??? :?

Ian S - Unregistered

April 14, 2009 6:19 PM

Fantastic performance from Sylvain. MotoGP's loss is BSB's gain and he looked like he was having a lot of fun out there. BSB just gets better every year.

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