Sylvain Guintoli became the first big-name signing on BSB when he agreed terms to stay with the Worx Suzuki team for 2010.
Guintoli and team boss Jack Valentine took a detour from their respective journeys north to the Croft circuit yesterday, to meet up at Suzuki GB Managing Director Yasuharu Osawa and Suzuki’s Milton Keynes HQ and sign contracts.
Guintoli said: "This is the first time in my career I've signed a contract this early in the year. I think that shows just how comfortable both sides are with each other. Right now we are working on regaining the competitiveness we showed at the beginning of this season, but as well we know now that the experience that I am gaining at the tracks this year will be something we can carry into next season. With the experience we will have of the tracks, of the GSX-R and of working together as a team we can look forward to next year with a lot of optimism."
Valentine added : "We're very pleased to have Sylvain back on board for 2010 and to have him signed up so early. It allows us to now focus on our second objective for the new season - to have a young rider partner Sylvain.”