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WSBK Supersport Interview Christophe Guyot: Carole, 2023, Magny-Cours… (2/2)

Tuesday, the Carole circuit was privatized for the GMT94, in its broadest expression, and we took the opportunity to interview Christophe Guyot, starting by asking him for news of Jules Cluzel.

You can find the first part of the interview here.

But the news of the French team was not limited to that…

Christophe, let’s temporarily leave World Supersport aside and move on to this day today on the Carole circuit: what is it?
It is the Mutuelle des Motards which offers us a full day to support the pilots we support! They are 14, they all received an invitation and many came. They mainly do the French championship but there is one from the Yamaha cup, Marcus Delestre, who is our favorite because he wears the number 94 and he also comes from the French championship before putting himself in a category where he stands out. Otherwise, it is really the pilots of the French championship, in 1000 with Martin Renaudin, but essentially in 600 with Johan Gimbert who surprised everyone at Magny-Cours and who discovers Carole, Bartholomé Perrin, Enzo de la Vega, Valentin Debise , and Justine Pedemonte in 300.
What the Mutuelle des Motards is doing is great because it helps enormously: driving like this, quiet, is one of the most valuable aids. All our mechanics are here to help, even if two are more concentrated with Valentin Debise, following the transformation of the project. At the start, he came with his motorcycle from the French championship, but there, we accepted, and the Mutuelle too, that we transform a little and help Valentin to prepare Most. But all our other mechanics are with the youngsters to help them and give them advice. »

In addition, for this season they have received help with parts such as batteries or chains…
That’s it. Depending on the possibilities of our partners, from the moment we were asked, the first to raise their hand were necessarily the first served. But we try to bring them what we can, and it’s open to everyone. »

But if you have 200 requests?
We will answer 200 times! I’m not saying that we can satisfy everyone, but in any case there will be an answer. It’s like for internships: we work a lot with the establishments Jacques Brel in Choisy-le-Roi and Fernand Léger in Ivry-sur-Seine, but we receive various and varied internship requests from Val-de-Marne, France and abroad. So we can’t register everyone, but we always send back an answer, and not an answer like “thank you, but we can’t”: we always try to bring an idea or a project. »

Can we talk about next year for GMT94 or is it still too early?
We can talk about it. For the next two years there will be a Superbike motorcycle and a Supersport motorcycle. It’s voluntary that we don’t do a press release: you ask me the question, so I answer because we’re not here to hide things, but in fact I’m not too interested in talking about it . Simply, it’s done, but I don’t really want to talk about it because we’re not having an easy season and I really want to stay focused all season with my two drivers, Andy Verdoïa and Jules Cluzel, as well as Valentin Debise at Magny-Cours, because it’s important for him. For me, for the team, for the drivers, it is therefore important to remain 100% focused on the objective of achieving the best possible results in 2022! So obviously, we are always obliged to prepare for the future, so yes it will happen like that in 2023, but I really don’t have any other details than that. And really not! The names of the drivers… I really don’t have anything, and I won’t prepare it before the end of the year: we race because the result decides, so I’m not going to decide now when we haven’t finished the season! So we have nothing to decide now, except that it will be a Superbike motorcycle and a Supersport motorcycle. »

Yamaha, no doubt…
Yamaha, obviously, the next two years. What is very important is “thank you, thank you, thank you Éric de Seynes! because the initial choice was maybe to leave with two Superbikes, but our choice was to keep the project in Supersport, and Eric followed me on that, which was not easy. If we want to continue the project with the French Motorcycling Federation, the wildcard could not be done in Superbike! So being able to continue the Supersport project is extremely important because it is generating great enthusiasm in France, starting with the man who won the second wildcard, Matthieu Gregorio. You really have to leave that in place: it’s the DNA of the GMT 94! If we do motorcycle racing, it’s to allow everyone to do it.
And Pirelli also supported us on this wildcard project, that of Matthieu Gregorio but also, and this is new and extremely sporty, that of Valentin Debise. Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli Italy, helps us on the Magny-Cours project, including Valentin Debise, because he understood that without him the project wouldn’t be as strong. In fact, we also need to have a locomotive, and if Valentin was planned today anyway, when normally it’s a project for young people, it’s because without him: what is the benchmark for young people ? He brings a lot in terms of level. What you have to understand is that this year, for the first time, Matthieu Gregorio and Johan Gimbert are two drivers who have also broken lap records: at Lédenon, it was Matthieu who started to beat him, and in Magny-Cours it’s Johan. It’s impressive ! So there’s still a lack of it, we’re not going to panic, the wildcard may still be early, but they really want it… to get a good result, if they really are aware that it’s to learn , and not aim for the top 5, 6, 7, because that’s not possible. It’s still a bit lacking but it’s very hard for them to hear, because when you’ve managed to do a few laps behind Valentin Debise, you can see happiness not far away. What is happening and wishes, and once again thank you very much Eric de Seynes who has always supported our projects, and thanks now also to Pirelli Mondial who is helping with the French championship project, alongside the French Motorcycling Federation, of course. We feel that there is a look at what is happening in France. Until today, we were only talking about Spain and Italy, and now France is watched by Dorna, the promoter, and by Pirelli the world: I think that means everyone is watching outside that things are happening here. »


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