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Guintoli to Alstare Suzuki as Kagayama returns to Britain

Suzuki GB and the Crescent British Superbike Team have today confirmed an agreement that will see current Worx Suzuki British Superbike rider, Sylvain Guintoli, move to the Alstare Suzuki World Superbike team for the 2010 season.

Guintoli, who recently signed a contract to remain with Worx Crescent Suzuki in BSB for 2010, was offered the alternative to move to the world series after Suzuki factory bosses and the Alstare team witnessed his impressive migration to the Superbike class in the UK during the 2009 season.

Suzuki GB managing director, Yasuharu Osawa commented, "Sylvain has proven to be an incredible asset for Suzuki this year, despite his unfortunate injury early on. We want to support Sylvain's career while also doing what is best for the Suzuki family, so following Alstare's request we have unanimously agreed for him to move to World SBK for the 2010 season. We would like to thank the BSB team sponsors, especially Worx, for their complete support in this decision."

In addition to Guintoli's move, Suzuki GB is also delighted to announce that current World Superbike rider, Yukio Kagayama, will make a return to the BSB series in 2010 for the Worx Crescent Suzuki team as part of a new two-man team.

Worx Crescent Suzuki team manager, Jack Valentine added, "To have Yukio back in the UK is great news. He is still a class act and was incredibly popular with UK fans during his two year stint in the series last time. He is as determined as ever and will be back here with one goal in mind - to challenge for the title. Our decision to run two riders in 2010 is also good news for the BSB Championship, for Suzuki and for all of our partners."

While the Worx Crescent Suzuki team have confirmed their two rider 2010 championship assault, confirmation of the full rider line-up will be confirmed at a later date.

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