Sylvain Guintoli says he was ready for a new challenge when he made the decision to join the British Superbike Championship from MotoGP.

Guintoli will line-up in his first-ever Superbike race with Crescent Suzuki next month at Brands Hatch after defecting from the premier motorcycle category.

Expected to be a big draw for the series, Guintoli told that his decision to join the British championship was partly motivated by the opportunity to spend more time with his family, who reside with him in this country.

Furthermore, with several seasons of grand prix behind him, Guintoli says this was the right time to seek a new challenge and do something that was right for him personally.

"I am really excited," he said. "I am really looking forward to it. It is a great new challenge for me. Everything is changing because I have been doing GP for eight years, so it is great to be moving to a category that I don't know.

"It is going to be a bit more convenient for me because I have been living in England for a while and a lot of the tracks are close. For me, family life will be a lot easier. Going around the world is not very good for this, so I am pleased to be spending more time with my kids and my wife."

Although he wouldn't rule out ever returning to MotoGP, the 26-year-old adds that he is in no way sad to have left it behind.

"There is this thing of prestige that MotoGP is where you want to be as a rider, but I have many years in GP racing and I need a new experience and a new challenge," he said. "I had two years in MotoGP and I had a great time, especially in the first year where we managed some good results. But I have come here by choice and I have absolutely no regrets!"



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