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Guintoli looking forward to Silverstone debut

The British Superbikes Championship reaches its penultimate round this weekend at Silverstone in Northamptonshire. For Sylvain Guintoli on the Worx Crescent Suzuki it's another step on his journey back from injury and yet another case of learning a track from scratch.

Sylvain Guintoli: "I'm looking forward to this weekend. We visited the track last week on a track day so I could do the first stage of familiarization. After Cadwell Park and Croft it's like returning to MotoGP, being that the track is so wide and in places so fast and of course it is a former GP track.

"The layout certainly creates some challenges. The first half of the lap is fast and flowing which I can see me and the Suzuki enjoying but after that it gets twistier and twistier until you almost come to a stop at the final chicane. That bit isn't so easy to like and will be hard to race as well as it makes overtakes risky. We'll see."

Jack Valentine, team manager: "While we've still got high hopes, we must remain realistic and acknowledge we are in comeback mode at this time. And the most important news we've received this past week is that x-rays revealed no injury to Sylvain's leg from his two Croft crashes, and in fact his leg continues to heal with every passing day.

"I can, though, see Sylvain liking this track as there are plenty of elements of the design which are GP-spec I think there's potential for him to do well here. But our goals should be for Sylvain to get dialed into the circuit, to progress with his set-up and improve his lap times in preparation for next year. Being that we love to race we can't deny a good result would still be great."