Sylvain Guintoli is preparing himself to be unveiled to the British public for the first time before he makes his British Superbike debut with Suzuki in 2009.

The Frenchman makes a high-profile switch from MotoGP next season with the Crescent Suzuki team, but he will greet fans and the press during the International Motorcycle Show in Birmingham this week.

A big moment for the English-residing rider, Guintoli is excited to have the opportunity to establish a rapport with the British fans before he turns a competitive wheel next year.

"I can't wait to go to the motorcycle show as it will be the first time I have had the chance to meet the British fans," he said. "I know how important the BSB Championship is and how knowledgeable the fans are, so it will be great to meet them and get to know as many as possible.

"I am really looking forward to racing full-time in the UK as the BSB is one of the biggest, and best, championships in the world and I hope that I can perform well for Suzuki and Crescent and put on a good show for all the people that will come to watch.

"I love living in Britain and really like the British people and that has made it so easy for me to make the decision to race in BSB next year, I now just hope that the public get to like me as much over the coming months!"

Guintoli has already tested the 2008-specification Suzuki GSX-R1000, but will travel out to Spain before the end of the year to sample the bike they will compete with next season.

He will be on the Suzuki stand for autographs on Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th November.

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