New Crescent Suzuki BSB rider Sylvain Guintoli's main target is to win the 2009 British Superbike title, but he also hopes to make his World Superbike debut, as a wild-card, next season.
During his special Q&A with Crash.net
viewers Guintoli, who moves to the British Superbike championship after two seasons in MotoGP, confirmed that he is aiming to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Tom Sykes by appearing on the WSBK stage next year.
With Brands Hatch being dropped from the 2009 WSBK calendar, the only British-based round will be at Donington Park, a circuit Guintoli knows from MotoGP.
Nevertheless, Guintoli - who finished every MotoGP race this season, with a best finish of sixth (without traction control) in the wet German GP - revealed that two WSBK appearances are possible.
"Two wild-cards are planned for 2009 in the WSBK," said the British-based Frenchman. "I would certainly like to have a go. It would be nice to show what we are capable of on the world stage."
But Guintoli's main target remains the 2009 BSB title, which Crescent Suzuki last won with John Reynolds in 2004.
"I can fight for the title with Suzuki," declared Guintoli, who also spent five seasons in the 250GP World Championship. "The Crescent team is hugely experienced, and I believe together we can put up a serious fight for the title.
"We need to be consistent to achieve this. I have not ridden the new bike yet, but the '08 was very impressive, so I have no doubts about its potential with such a strong team behind me."