Silverstone: Suzuki Friday report

LEON AND SYLVAIN HAPPY WITH THE NEW SILVERSTONE. Both Team Suzuki Alstare riders Leon Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli gave the thumbs up to the new Silverstone circuit after spending the day learning the new layout and are now looking forward to ...

LEON AND SYLVAIN HAPPY WITH THE NEW SILVERSTONE.

Both Team Suzuki Alstare riders Leon Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli gave the thumbs up to the new Silverstone circuit after spending the day learning the new layout and are now looking forward to improving their positions tomorrow. Leon finished 8th fastest and was the happier of the duo, but Sylvain is very upbeat about his prospects tomorrow, despite ending the day 17th in the standings.

Briton Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) set the day's fastest lap, with a time of 2:05.664, with fellow countryman Jonathan Rea (Honda) second. Third went to Troy Corser (BMW), with another Brit - Leon Camier (Aprilia) fourth. Leon - 8th, 2:06.464

Happily, today was like a normal Friday - and that is a good feeling to have after Brno. This is a fantastic track. It has bags of character, is fast and flowing and there are lots of passing opportunities and I think it's going to be great racing on Sunday. At the moment, I am still trying to find the right lines round it but, because the track is quite wide, there are many different lines to try.

It's bumpy for sure, but I don't think any more than other tracks, but because of the high speeds, you notice it a lot more. I like bumpy tracks though and I think I'm going to have a lot of fun here. It is a very technical track and very safe, so once you have a good set-up, you can push pretty hard. At the moment, we're getting there and really we're not far off, just fine-tuning really. Tomorrow we'll push harder, hopefully have a good Superpole and be in a much better position on the grid than Brno!

Sylvain - 17th, 2:07.

This is a very, very nice track and I'm going to enjoy racing here. Obviously my position today is not so good, but I have been spending the day learning the track and trying to find a good set-up for my bike. The track is very technical and because it is quite bumpy, it is important to get a good set-up. There are many changes of rhythm at this track, some slow corners, some fast and for me it is really interesting. I have to work on the first split, because that's where I'm losing time at the moment, but I once I get that sorted out my lap times will come down. This is like a 'home' race for me, because I live in UK and many of my friends and fans will be coming to support me this weekend. I would like to improve my position tomorrow, get a high grid place and good results so that they will go home happy.

-source: suzuki alstare

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Corser , Leon Haslam , Sylvain Guintoli , Jonathan Rea , Cal Crutchlow , Leon Camier