Worx Suzuki's Sylvain Guintoli will switch to the Alstare World Superbike team next season to partner Leon Haslam while Yukio Kagayama comes back to the British Superbike Championship.
The shock move comes at the request of Francis Batta's ouutfit who announced this morning they had sacked German Max Neukirchner for failing to turn up for a crucial meeting.
"Sylvain has proven to be an incredible asset for Suzuki this year, despite his unfortunate injury early on. We want to support Sylvain’s career while also doing what is best for the Suzuki family, so following Alstare’s request we have unanimously agreed for him to move to World SBK for the 2010 season. We would like to thank the BSB team sponsors, especially Worx, for their complete support in this decision, said Suzuki GB MD Yasuharu Osawa.