Former World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli will be back on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for the 2017 British Superbike season, riding for the new Suzuki/ Hawk Racing/ Bennetts team.
It was announced at the Motorcycle Live Show in the UK that the popular Frenchman, who was last in the GSX-R saddle in 2009, will ride alongside 2016 British Superstock Champion Taylor Mackenzie aboard the new 2017 GSX-R1000R.
The team is backed by renowned insurance firm Bennetts, continuing its association with Suzuki for a third consecutive season, a third rider is soon to be announced.
“I’m really happy to be back in British Superbikes. Even though it was short, I enjoyed my time in the series in 2009 with Suzuki. I had a really good start to the season on the GSX-R1000, with a win and three more podiums in four races, and I feel like I have unfinished business after that year. I’m now looking forward to working with Hawk and the Bennetts Suzuki team for 2017 and getting my first taste of the new GSX-R1000, and I’m sure we can fight at the front from the start.”
Steve Hicken – Hawk Racing
“Sylvain is a top rider and a great asset to the team and the championship. He’s proven his credentials on the world stage with a world title, and also on the British circuits too. We’re extremely confident that in Sylvain and the new GSX-R1000R we’ve got a package that can compete at the very front of races and challenge for the championship.”
Vince Chaney – Bennetts Insurance Managing Director
“It’s great to be able to continue our association with Suzuki for a third year, and we’re delighted to be able to welcome a proven winner and champion in Sylvain Guintoli to the team, alongside current Superstock 1000 Champion Taylor Mackenzie. Track and road racing are real passions for a lot of us at Bennetts, so to be able to continue as title sponsors for Suzuki in the British Superbike Championship is incredibly exciting. We’re also really looking forward to working with Hawk Racing for the first time, as a team with a proven record both on the short circuits and the roads. With the new GSX-R1000 and the people we have onboard, we can’t wait to go racing and get the season underway.”
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