Valencia: Suzuki Alstare preview

LEON AND SYLVAIN LOOKING FORWARD TO VALENCIA Team Suzuki Alstare riders Leon Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli are both looking forward to this weekend's third round of this year's Superbike World Championship in Valencia for different reasons.

LEON AND SYLVAIN LOOKING FORWARD TO VALENCIA

Team Suzuki Alstare riders Leon Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli are both looking forward to this weekend's third round of this year's Superbike World Championship in Valencia for different reasons. Championship leader Leon is hoping to maintain his lead in the series and Sylvain is looking to recover from his disappointment in Portugal and get back to the superb form he displayed in the opening round in Phillip Island. The 4.005 kilometre circuit is very technical, is compactly designed and is one of the best tracks for spectators in the championship. For many years, Valencia's series of second and third gear corners have favoured twins, but Leon did particularly well there in testing in December and is confident of doing well again this weekend.

Leon
I really like the track and I think I showed that when we tested here in December. It's a very technical track and it's important to get a good set-up as early in the weekend as possible and then have a good qualifying. The twins have gone well here before, but I'm sure we can give them more than a run for their money this weekend. It's going to be another hard fought weekend, but I'm confident that we're going to be very competitive and will be going all out to make sure I finish the weekend still at the top of the standings.

Sylvain
Like Leon, I also like the track and, over the years, I've done well here, though this will be my first time racing it on a Superbike It's a technical circuit and a bit like a big go-kart track and you spend a lot of time trying to keep the front wheel down. After Portimao I sat down and thought a lot about what happened during the weekend and tried to work out what had gone wrong and why. I realised that actually I was not that far off, but this championship is so competitive that even if you are just a little bit off, you suffer a lot. It's so important to do well in practice, do well in qualifying, be on the first two rows of the grid and then put everything together in the races. If you don't, then it becomes a big battle just to get into any sort of contention. I think Valencia and the next race in Assen should be good for us and I'am looking forward to both tracks and getting back to the kind of form I showed in Australia.

-source: suzuki alstare

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Leon Haslam , Sylvain Guintoli , Phillip Island