March 27th

Guintoli hoping to surprise at Donington BSB

Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli returns to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this season and the 2014 World Champion, who resides in nearby Market Bosworth, is hoping to get off to a good start at Donington Park on his new Suzuki this weekend (31 March-2 April).

“We hope to have a bit of a surprise at Donington,” he commented. “This is a good track for us to race at first because I have a lot of experience here but we are still not sure how competitive we are. We are working on trying to make the package efficient but for now we don’t really know how quick we are so we will have to see at round one!”

Guintoli last raced in BSB in 2009, also with Suzuki, before going on to race in World Superbikes, claiming the crown in 2014. He finished an encouraging fourth fastest in last week’s official British Superbike test day at Donington on the brand new GSX-R1000 machine, and the Leicestershire-based ace is looking forward to getting involved with the development of the bike. “We have an interesting project ahead of us with the new Suzuki and we’re getting stuck in to try and be competitive as soon as possible. It’s a great challenge and I’m very excited to be working with the guys on this project.

“At the moment, we’re not thinking about the championship, our sole aim is to improve the package and trying to find ways of being as fast as possible as soon as possible. The competition is so strong, so we’re going to have to see how the first rounds unfold. We know there’s a lot to come from us and a lot of potential as well.”

To see if Sylvain Guintoli and fellow Donington-local Taylor Mackenzie can be in with a shout at the first round of the British Superbike Championship at Donington Park this weekend (31 March-2 April), book discounted advance tickets before 5pm on Wednesday (29 March), with prices starting at just £12.

As well as two thrilling BSB races and lots of support race action, there’s plenty of family entertainment across the venue as well as a vibrant infield campsite with evening entertainment. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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