Guintoli satisfied with BSB return

Sylvain Guintoli was pleased to emerge from his comeback MCE British Superbike event still standing after a producing a pair of solid top ten results for the Worx Crescent Suzuki team.

The Frenchman was a welcome returnee to the series at Cadwell Park having been out of action since May when he broke his leg in a collision with Joshua Brookes.

Currently the only non-Airwaves Yamaha rider to have won a BSB race this season, Guintoli admits he was cautious on his return, so as not aggravate the injury, but felt as though he was getting back to form as the weekend progressed.

"I could feel I was race rusty in that first race, three times I was on the grass when trying to make passes early in the race,” he said. "I had to ease off and that actually helped – I got faster. At the end I was catching Karl Muggeridge very quickly, but it was right at the end and I ran out of laps and corners to make the pass.

"With less mistakes in that second race I was a lot closer on time to the leaders but I had to be careful how hard I could ride as for sure this is not a good time to fall again on my leg.

Finishing eighth and seventh in the two races, Guintoli says he is pleased there is now a small break for him to further recover, but is excited about the prospect of going racing again.

“As it is, I can really feel it now and I'm glad I get two more weeks to rest my leg before the next round at Croft.

"For me it was still a good weekend and I'm really excited to be back. I've got back into the racing and I'm looking forward to being more competitive still when I get to Croft."

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Sylvain Guintoli - Worx Crescent Suzuki
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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Jeff - Unregistered

September 05, 2009 8:42 AM

Surely SG should be riding in WSB next year. Sadly BSB is not gonna be much of a series next year with all the big names leaving recently.

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