The Worx Crescent Suzuki team head to the seventh round of the British Superbike championship at Mallory Park this weekend with their new rider Tommy Hill deputising for the injured Sylvain Guintoli. The 24 year old was offered the ride after impressing the team at a test at the circuit just last week.
Jack Valentine, team manager: Its obviously a good feeling to be able to offer a young rider the opportunity to race with the team. And as Tommys had a tough time of it over the past two seasons with injuries and then with a very difficult start to this season, hopefully he can take what we can offer him and show exactly what hes capable of.
It wont be easy for him, hell be coming from riding some of the fastest and most flowing tracks from around the world onto the shortest most stop-start circuit in the BSB calendar. As ever, we have to be realistic and allow him a reasonable period of adjustment, so the likelihood is we wont see the best from Tommy until the races. However, were very hopeful of some good results as Tommy has already impressed us with his incredibly positive outlook and his keeness to get on.
Tommy Hill: This is a fantastic opportunity for me. Already, from the test and since then through our daily conversations, Ive been blown away by just how enthusiastic the team is. They are so keen to keep moving forwards, to try new things and to develop. Its a great environment to be in.
Ive also been overwhelmed with the response to the announcement of my riding with the team a big thank you to all the well wishers. For sure Ill be looking for a strong finish and a good result.
Sundays race day will also see the return of Sylvain Guintoli to the BSB paddock. Now walking well on crutches and clearly keen to see himself back on the GSX-R1000 K9 before the end of the season, Guintoli will for now just be visiting his team, saying a big hello to the fans and lending his support to Tommy Hills efforts.