Worx Crescent Suzuki team manager Jack Valentine is confident Sylvain Guintoli has more to come in this year's ViSK.com 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 Crash.net 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.”