Guintoli extends Worx Suzuki contract

Former MotoGP man to partner Yukio Kagayama in 2010

FAST FRENCHMAN Sylvain Guintoli has signed for Worx Crescent Suzuki to race in the BSB Championship in 2010.

Guintoli and his Suzuki Team Manager Jack Valentine, together with Suzuki GB's Managing Director, Yasuharu Osawa, put signatures to Guintoli's riding contract for 2010 in BSB.

Osawa expressed his delight in the contract renewal with the talented Frenchman, saying: "For Suzuki this is a very exciting development. Sylvain has shown through his races earlier this year – including his win at Brands Hatch – just how competitive the 2009 GSX-R1000 is. He is an exceptional rider and the excitement he generates within the team, and for the fans, to me feels like an extension of the excitement we feel the GSX-R itself generates. With 2010 being the 25th anniversary of the GSX-R we look forward to celebrating the year together with Sylvain in the way he certainly knows how!"

Guintoli said: "This is the first time in my career I've signed a contract this early in the year – I think that shows just how comfortable both sides are with each other. Right now we are working on regaining the competitiveness we showed at the beginning of this season, but as well we know now that the experience that I am gaining at the tracks this year will be something we can carry into next season. With the experience we will have of the tracks, of the GSX-R and of working together as a team we can look forward to next year with a lot of optimism."

Earlier this week, Visordown exclusively revealed the news that Guintoli is to be partnered next year by former BSB frontrunner Yukio Kagayama, who leaves the World Superbike series at the end of this season.