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Q&A: Paul Denning.

But obviously I'm a big fan of Superbike, having grown up with it, and I've no doubt that - as shown by the potential of Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss etc - that the best Superbike riders can make that step.

And it's all about a timing thing in your career; look at the way John Reynolds is riding now, at 40-years-old, if he'd been riding like that - and had had the breaks at 24-years-old - he would have been in grand prix doing very, very well - there is no question of that. So I think the pure ability of the rider is very difficult to measure, in my opinion, and it's more down to taking that ability and then being in the right place at the right time.

Q:
Finally, Suzuki has got a lot of top Superbike riders on its books this year - Reynolds, Smart, Corser, Kagayama and Mladin - there are two parts to this; would you like to see them have wild-cards rides on the GSV-R at their home grand prix, and is that realistically possible?

Paul Denning:
For this year no, because of the logistical effort you need to put together a third bike to do it properly - I mean the worst thing you can do with a third machine is just turn up with the rider without supporting it properly.

That means not having enough crew, not enough logistical back-up, not enough spare parts or setting parts - that's not a situation which we would really want to get involved in. We will run two wild-cards for our test rider Nobuatsu Aoki at, I think, Brno and Sachsenring - it'll be quite interesting to see how Nobuatsu gets on in the race.

But yeah, it would be great fun to have Mat Mladin at Phillip Island or JR at Donington Park, but without extensive testing to allow them to get on the pace it wouldn't be fair on the rider or the team.


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