Brookes & Guin­toli Suzuki sur­prise guys

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While all the at­ten­tion is fo­cused on Honda and Yamaha, MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike ri­vals Josh Brookes and Syl­vain Guin­toli could well be dark horses in the Suzuka 8-Hour as the pair team up with Takuya Tsuda with Yoshimura Suzuki.

Com­plet­ing a suc­cess­ful test last week and with Guin­toli a key part of the Ja­panese tun­ing house’s de­vel­op­ment of the new ma­chine for nearly a year, Brookes says that they’re not quite there yet, but they’re not far away.

He said: “To try to get ev­ery­one com­fort­able on the same bike is a com­pro­mise, but the po­si­tion is quite mu­tual be­tween us, which is the first hur­dle. The gen­eral set-up of the bike has us work­ing in the same gen­eral di­rec­tion, so that’s the sec­ond hur­dle cleared too.

“The third is our per­for­mance, and we’re about half-a-sec­ond or so off the pace, and it’s dif­fi­cult to find that sort of time. But all three of us are on al­most iden­ti­cal times, within a tenth or two ev­ery lap, so that means we can be con­sis­tent.”

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