GUILLAUME WINS FRENCH SUPERBIKES2007-03-30 02:56
Team Suzuki's Guillaume Dietrich stormed to a two-second victory aboard his new GSX-R100K7 at the opening round of the French Superbike Championship at the weekend.
The World Endurance rider said: "I knew I could have a good result from the very beginning of the Championship in Le Mans, but having the best lap on qualifying and winning the race exceeds my expectations. The Suzuki GSX-R1000 had very good settings for the race, even if I only tried it for the first time last Friday and it is very similar to the GSX-R1000 we use for the World Endurance Championship.
"I had the best qualifying time for Superpole on Saturday morning (1'39"999) but I made a wrong choice of tyres for the Superpole on a wet track and was third on the starting grid.
"But for once I had a good start in the race and led from the first turn. It's great to begin the season with a victory like last year but this time I will go to the end and get the title. Thank you very much to all the Junior Team for all the excellent work they've done this weekend. The next round of Championship is at L??denon on April 15th and I'm looking forward to it."
In the 600cc class SERT World Endurance Champion Mathieu Lagrive was forced into second place after running out of petrol on the last corner when holding a four-second lead.
1 Guillaume DIETRICH (SUZUKI) 28:47.25
2 Olivier FOUR (YAMAHA + 2.126
3 Gwen GIABBANI (KAWASAKI) +6.293
4 Freddy FORAY (SUZUKI) +11.022
5 Anthony DELHALLE (SUZUKI) + 14.126
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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