BSB: Guintoli man in demand for 2017 seat
The 2016 MCE British Superbike season might have drawn to a close last weekend but teams and riders remain working frantically behind the scenes as they seek to sort deals for next year.
While the MotoGP and World Superbike grids filled up relatively early this season, the contrary is happening with the British series and as it stands there are just a handful of riders actually signed up for 2017.
The man in demand at the moment is 2014 World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli, who is considering a return to the British Championship. Suzuki, Yamaha and BMW are all fighting to secure the Frenchman’s signature for 2017, but it’s believed he also has options to remain in WSB from MV Agusta and IODA Aprilia.
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Should he return to BSB, MCN sources suggest the Frenchman is most likely to sign to ride Suzuki’s all-new GSX-R1000 in the Hawk Racing team (currently Buildbase BMW), who look set to make the move from BMW to become Suzuki’s official BSB effort next year.
However, should his not come off it’s understood Guintoli has an attractive offer on the table from Tyco BMW, while Yamaha, who he currently rides for in World Superbikes, are keen to keep the Frenchman with potential for a seat in the Traction Control team, who are rumoured to be stepping up from the Supersport class.