After working through race data from the 2017 MCE British Superbike season opener at Donington Park plus extra testing, Sylvain Guintioli says his Bennett Suzuki squad has decided on a new direction for development with the GSX-R1000.

Guintoli produced solid but unspectacular results at the Donington Park opener with seventh place in race two after crashing out of race one but was thrilled to bank race data to learn from for the development of the all-new Suzuki superbike.

The 2014 World Superbike champion says his Hawk Racing-run team has been able to put into practice changes taken from the Donington Park race data at a private test at Mallory Park and found significant performance gains surrounding the electronics, power delivery and rear suspension.

"It was a very interesting test this week, and we made a big step with the bike and our performance, but also with our understanding," Guintoli said. "The team has spent lots of time going over the data from Donington.

"We've gone in a different direction now, and made lots of progress and we set some fast times. We've done a lot of work with the electronics, as we needed to better understand how the bike works with them.

"The engine makes a lot of power as standard, so in Superbike-spec it's really strong, and we needed to manage it better. We've also worked on rear suspension setup, and made some big progress."

As a result, Guintoli heads to Brands Hatch Indy with confidence on a high and hopes to use the extra Friday test session to confirm the gains made at the tight and twisty track.

"I've got some fond memories of Brands Hatch, I was on pole and won my first race with Suzuki in BSB in 2009," he said. "It's an interesting circuit and it's going to be really competitive. We saw at Donington how competitive it was to be in the top 10, so around Brands Hatch it's going to be really close.

"The extra test will help us more, and we're planning on back-to-back testing some more components. We'll then make a call on which way we go for the races."

BSB action gets underway on Friday afternoon at Brands Hatch with a test session before the three-day race weekend format begins on Saturday, with both races held on Easter Monday (17th April).

 

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