“The talent is undoubted. He had a horrible time in the last couple of years. Injuries have led to not only physical problems, but difficulties in terms of doing his job, which has perhaps led to other problems.
“But the operation on his wrist has been super-successful. And when I met him at Laguna last year he looked fit, healthy, focussed and bright. You just got a sense that he's ready to get back into it and do a proper job again.
“He also came back quite strong at the end of AMA last year, and scored a couple of podiums.
“We're really excited. John's ultra focussed on getting back to a high level. We're under no illusions: We see this as it was perhaps for Sylvain Guintoli in 2009 - as a stepping stone back to the top level.
“If we can help him make that happen, nothing would make me happier. John's still only 27 and he's got a lot of opportunities in front of him.”
Crescent Suzuki came agonizingly close to winning the BSB title with Tommy Hill last season.