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Guintoli impresses with top ten debut

Sylvain Guintoli impresses to finish inside the top ten on his World Superbike Championship debut for Suzuki
Sylvain Guintoli gave a glimpse as to his potential at World Superbike level after his debut for Suzuki Alstare at Portimao yielded a top ten finish.

Having completed his first season of Superbikes in the British championship, the Frenchman was making his World Superbike debut in Portugal ahead of a full-time switch to the series in 2010.

Despite a fairly slow start in provisional qualifying as he became acquainted with both the circuit and the team, Guintoli hit form in Superpole as he briefly jostled for a spot in the Q3 shootout. Although he'd fall just short in 11th, it was still enough to out-qualify team-mate Yukio Kagayama and BSB rival Leon Camier.

Suffering a technical issue whilst running inside the top ten in race one, Guintoli recovered in race two to enjoy a race long battle with the more experienced Kagayama, the former MotoGP rider winning out eventually to finish tenth.

A promising start to his career as a World Superbike rider, Guintoli will now attempt to get a better understanding of the bike at the upcoming two-day test, where he will joined by Leon Haslam in the team.

“Generally, this has been a great learning experience and I am very happy how it has all gone,” he said. “The team and I gelled right from the start and we have worked together very well this weekend and that's good news for the future.

“I had a technical problem in race one and had to pull out of the race. So, I was so happy to finish race two, be ahead of Yukio and get a top ten result. This series is tough for sure, but I am really looking forward to the challenge and fighting all these guys.

“This weekend was no pressure for me and I enjoyed myself on this track. I am looking forward to the tests here on Tuesday and Wednesday and getting to understand the bike more and more.”



Tagged as: Suzuki , Guintoli , Portimao , Alstare

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czx - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 4:39 PM

He really gave it some in Superpole, the Traction control was working overtime. Nice to see someone finally being able to ride the gixxer as it should've been ridden all year.

squiggle - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 12:40 PM

Very promising. Still not fully healthy, recently had surgery, didn't know the team or track and he beats his team-mate. He was catching Kagayama by almost half a second a lap at one point.



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