BSB: Solid shakedown for Guintoli at Mallory

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Sylvain Guintoli has today got a first taste of what the GSX-R1000 will feel like in MCE British Superbike trim in a quick shakedown test at a damp Mallory Park.

The team first took delivery of the all new GSX-R1000 in November and have been working to transform it into a BSB contender since then.

It’s thought the bike was still running a stock engine but featured BSB’s Motec-spec electronics including the new auto-blipper system permitted within the series rules for the first time this year. 


"It was a bit of a change from riding in 35 degrees in Sepang to three degrees at Mallory Park!" he told MCN. "It was good to get out, look at the bike and especially the Motec electronics. It was interesting given there’s no traction control and the track was wet and cold, but the feeling was good. Everything is working well, that’s the most important thing. You expect teething problems in these sorts of tests but we didn’t have any at all.

"We tested the new blipper system, which worked really well. It was all functioning well to be honest, which was great for a first outing in bad conditions!

"Getting out now is important as it can mean we’ll get to our first test in Spain already knowing the bike, having already encountered any little glitches that would waste time out. I’m very keen on getting out, I don’t care if it’s cold! It doesn’t matter to me." 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing