Guintoli swiftly back in the groove at Cadwell

Sylvain Guintoli swiftly demonstrated that he had lost none of his race-winning pace or potential during his enforced absence from competition in putting together a strong qualifying performance at Cadwell Park that leaves him seventh on the starting grid for the opening encounter in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship outing around the daunting Lincolnshire circuit.

Despite having spent three months off the bike and making his Cadwell debut over the Bank Holiday weekend, the Worx Crescent Suzuki star nonetheless wound up less than two tenths of a second shy of a front row position, easily making the final ten in the Roll-for-Pole and claiming seventh spot at the close.

“We've been making good progress,” underlined the French returnee. “The rate of learning has been flowing nicely and in those last sessions, Q2 and Q3, I got a feeling I was properly riding again. Up until then it had felt like I was just cruising – which you need to be doing when you're learning this circuit.

“It's a shame we're not on the front row; we're almost there, but on my final fast lap I made a small mistake and I could tell it cost me a good three tenths of a second. I certainly feel there's more to come.”

“These past two days have been fantastic,” enthused team manager Jack Valentine, clearly pleased to have the man from Montélimar back. “Everything is going to plan; Sylvain's got faster with every session. This place is extremely technical and very narrow so you have to be careful with your learning and, as ever, Sylvain's been going about his job the right way.

“Given his best sector times, Sylvain had the pace to secure third-fastest, so we're happy he's learnt what he needs. The times are very tight from second through to seventh too, so I'm sure he'll improve again [on Monday]. We're looking to get a good first race under our belt, and then we'll see what will come for the second.”

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Sylvain Guintoli - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
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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September 01, 2009 7:41 PM

Class Frenchie. When Silverstone comes around we will see Guinters on the pace. Don't forget this is the man, who dared to ride the Ducati in the wet at Sachsenring last year with the traction control turned off. Had Tommy Hill tried that he would have ended up somewhere in Russia.

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