Alstare Suzuki Aims For Assen World Superbike Podiums

Team Suzuki Press Office

Team Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam is looking forward to this weekend's Superbike World Championship at Assen in Holland and continuing the form he has displayed in the opening three rounds that has put him and Suzuki at the top of the World Championship leaderboard.

The young Briton has given the team its best results for years and he is already looking like a title contender: So far this season he has taken two victories and three runner-up spots and is determined to carry on with podiums at Assen; a circuit he likes.

Team mate Sylvain Guintoli is also 'really up' for Assen and is looking forward to the flowing 4.555 kilometre track and getting back to his early-season form.

**Leon Haslam: **

"Two wins and three seconds in six races is a pretty good start to the season and I feel confident that I can carry on with this good form. I like the bike and feel very comfortable on it and that lets me push it hard. I used to like the 'old' Assen circuit because it was a very flowing and great high-speed track. But since they modified it, I don't like it as much as the old one, but it's still a good track and very spectator-friendly. I hope that the recent travel problems don't affect the crowds much because Assen always throws up good racing and it would be a shame for the fans to miss out on what is going to be another great Superbike weekend. I had two podiums at Assen last season and will be aiming to do the same again this year."

**Sylvain Guintoli: **

"There were some positives from the last race weekend and I need to build on them and do much better in practice and qualifying so that I am in a good position on Race day. I like Assen and think it will suit our bike well, so I am really 'up' for the races. Despite the changes to the circuit, it is still a good track and it normally provides great racing. I will be going all-out for podiums, but I know I have to be in a good position on the grid if I'm to run with the front guys at the start of the races. I haven't raced at Assen on a Superbike, so this will be a new experience for me."

**2009 Assen results: **

Race 1: 1 Ben Spies (USA-Yamaha), Noriyuki Haga (JPN-Ducati), 3 Leon Haslam (GBR-Honda), 4 Tom Sykes (GBR-Yamaha) 5 Max Biaggi (ITA-Aprilia) 6 Jakub Smrz (CZE-Ducati). **Sylvain Guintoli DNS. **

Race 2: **1 Noriyuki Haga, 2 Leon Haslam**, 3 Jakub Smrz, 4 Michel Fabrizio (ITA-Ducati), 5 Jonathan Rea (GBR-Honda), 6 Tom Sykes. Sylvain Guintoli DNS.

Alstare Suzuki Aims For Assen World Superbike Podiums