Portimao: Suzuki Alstare preview

LEON AND SYLVAIN READY FOR PORTIMAO After their successes in Australia, Team Suzuki Alstare riders Leon Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli are looking forward to getting back on track in Portimao and chasing more podiums. This is the third time that...

LEON AND SYLVAIN READY FOR PORTIMAO

After their successes in Australia, Team Suzuki Alstare riders Leon Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli are looking forward to getting back on track in Portimao and chasing more podiums. This is the third time that the Autodromo do Algarve is hosting a round of the championship, though this year the race takes place in spring instead of its usual end of season date in autumn. After the opening round in Phillip Island, Leon is leading the standings by nine points, with Sylvain fifth, and both are determined to do well next weekend at the 4.592 kilometre circuit. Leon was in superb form in the preseason tests at the track in January and Sylvain too showed that he had become very comfortable with the 2010 GSX-R1000 Suzuki Alstare bike. Both riders are eager to continue their attack on the championship and also keep Suzuki at the top of the manufacturer's standings.

Leon

Portimao is a fantastic circuit and probably the most demanding one on the calendar. I think all riders like it because it is such a challenge and when you do a good lap there, the feeling is fantastic.

From the very first time I jumped onto the Suzuki I knew that the bike could be a contender and so far, I think we have proved that. The whole team has given me tremendous support and we are all now looking forward to another good weekend in Portimao. I went well there in the preseason tests and I will be chasing two more podiums next weekend for sure.

Sylvain

I am very pleased with my start to the season and I cannot tell you how happy and comfortable I am with my bike. Of course, every time I go out on it I learn a bit more, but already I am thinking of podiums and that is a good feeling to have.

It has been a long break since the first race and I am itching to get back in the saddle and racing again. Portimao is a great track, but very, very challenging. I think it is one of the best ractreacks in the series and I will be doing my very best to get on the podium there.

-source: suzuki alstare

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Sylvain Guintoli , Phillip Island