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Crescent Suzuki complete positive first test on 2009 GSX-R1000

The Crescent Suzuki British Superbike Team concluded three days of testing today at the Calafat Circuit in northern Spain, declaring their first test on the all-new 2009 GSX-R1000 a success.

Despite suffering a reduced schedule, after high winds stopped today's sessions, team rider Sylvain Guintoli still managed to complete a total of 145 laps, testing suspension settings as well as different engine specifications.

Talking about his first test on the new bike, Guintoli commented, "Overall it's been a really encouraging start. Compared to the 2008 machine I rode at Brands Hatch last year, the new Cresent Suzuki already feels more focused, and this is just our first outing. Despite the test being shortened due to the high winds, I feel like we've got a great package to build on from here onwards."

Also speaking after the test, team manager Jack Valentine, added, "I'm really pleased with how things have gone this week. We tested here last year, and I know from Sylvain's performance that we're leaving here in a much stronger position already. We've actually made minimal setting changes, which just demonstrates how good the new bike is."

The team now head back to the UK, before returning to Almeria in Spain next month for further testing, while Sylvain will join the press launch for the all-new GSX-R1000 production bike at the Almeria Circuit later this month.

For further press information please contact Luke Plummer or Helen Morgan at the Suzuki GB Press Office (Motorcycles), Tel: 01296 680086 or 07725 956783.