GSX-R’S DIFFICULT DEBUT
The Bennetts Suzuki team had a baptism of fire with the new GSX-R1000 as Sylvain Guintoli and Taylor Mackenzie bit the dust in the opening encounter at Donington Park.
The lack of dry track time hit the Mallory Park-based squad, something that wasn’t helped by both Guintoli and Mackenzie crashing in the first race. While Mackenzie also crashed out of race two, Guintoli stayed on but could only finish eighth.
“I expected it to be a weekend of learning, and we’ve done some good work with the bike,” Guintoli explained. “There’s definitely lots more to come but also some real strong points. We definitely don’t need any more power, but we need to manage it a bit better. The bike’s also really stable, but we need to get it to turn a bit better.”
While the Superbike riders struggled, the squad’s Superstock 1000 rider Richard Cooper showed the GSX-R’S potential with a hard fought victory in their second race of the weekend.
‘We don’t need any more power, but we need to manage it a bit better’ SYLVAIN GUINTOLI
Guintoli had an up-and-down opening round