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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

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