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Sylvain Guintoli answers your questions - Pt. 2.

Crash.net recently offered its viewers the opportunity to ask former MotoGP rider Sylvain Guintoli questions about his 2009 move to the British Superbike Championship with Crescent Suzuki.

This is the second and final part of what the British-based Frenchman - who spent two years in MotoGP, with Tech 3 Yamaha and then d'Antin Ducati - had to say...


Q - tiberiu
What relationship do you have with Tech 3 Team? Is there any chance to go back there after the contracts of Toseland and Edwards expire?

Sylvain Guintoli
I have known the Tech3 squad for many years and am still close friend with some of them.

Q - wvanja
I'm very glad to see you in Suzuki squad. You are, probably, in few fastest riders in wet, and it means in dry, if you have better bike then last year. How it is possible that managers didn't see it. Whether you think they didn't see Kenny Roberts jr as someone who could win Rossi? Your place is in MotoGP or WSBK, good luck!

Sylvain Guintoli
Thank you. BSB is a very strong championship, and so I believe that should I go to WSBK or back to GP in the future, I will be a stronger rider because of my BSB experience

Q - Nick Manning
So Suzuki corporate hat aside for the moment, who do you think your main rivals will be next year and have you ridden against any of the field before? My predictions are that the front runners will be Camier, Richards and Ellison. BTW Have you ever ridden Cadwell before...if not January probably isn't the time to try it out As Christian Clavier would say when playing Jacquille...C'est Dingue!!!

Sylvain Guintoli
Difficult to say before the start of the season. No, I have not ridden at Cadwell yet, but I hope to get in all circuits over the winter to learn their characteristics.

Q - Kevin Westley
Who do you think will be your biggest rival for the BSB title in 2009?

Sylvain Guintoli
It is difficult to single out one rider as the biggest rival for me next season.

Q - faster
Your 2008 team-mate Toni Elias was unhappy with the support he got from Ducati this season, in terms of the new parts needed to be competitive. Do you agree with him about that? What sort of relationship did you have with Ducati?

Also, can you tell us what was going on behind the scenes at d'antin this year, which ended up with luis d'antin leaving?

Sylvain Guintoli
My relationship with Ducati and my Team last year was very good. We were a satellite team so for sure we received part later than the factory guys. I have nothing bad to say about them.

Q - five cylinder
How many of next year's 19 rider MotoGP grid do you think do not deserve to be there?

Sylvain Guintoli
I really don't believe anyone is gifted a ride without being worthy in GP.

Q - Boo


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Guintoli, Philip Island MotoGP Test 2008
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Sylvain Guintoli, Worx Crescent Suzuki, Silverstone, 2009 British Superbikes [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sylvain Guintoli (Worx Crescent Suzuki) falls, Silverstone, 2009 British Superbikes [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sylvain Guintoli (Worx Crescent Suzuki) falls, Silverstone, 2009 British Superbikes [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sylvain Guintoli (Worx Crescent Suzuki) falls, Silverstone, 2009 British Superbikes [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sylvain Guintoli (Worx Crescent Suzuki) falls, Silverstone, 2009 British Superbikes [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sylvain Guintoli (Worx Crescent Suzuki) falls, Silverstone, 2009 British Superbikes [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sylvain Guintoli (Worx Crescent Suzuki) falls, Silverstone, 2009 British Superbikes [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sylvain Guintoli (Worx Crescent Suzuki) falls, Silverstone, 2009 British Superbikes [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sylvain Guintoli, Worx Crescent Suzuki, Oulton Park, 2009 British Superbikes [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sylvain Guintoli, Worx Crescent Suzuki, Croft, British Superbikes, 2009 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Crowds at The Carole Nash Bike Show [Pic credit: The Carole Nash Bike Show]
Sylvain Guintoli - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Jack Valentine - Worx Crescent Suzuki
Sylvain Guintoli aboard the Worx Crescent Suzuki at Cadwell Park in 2009 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sylvain Guintoli aboard the Worx Crescent Suzuki at Cadwell Park in 2009 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sylvain Guintoli aboard the Worx Crescent Suzuki at Cadwell Park in 2009 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]

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