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Isle of Man TT: Dietrich gives TT French flavour

By Paul Lindsay

Former Le Mans 24-Hour race winner Guillaume Dietrich will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT in June with local team Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing.

This maintains the Frenchman’s long-term association with the Japanese manufacturer, riding a GSX-R1000 Suzuki in both Superbike races and also in the Superstock event, alongside team-mate for the event, Guy Martin.

Team manager Philip Neill is delighted at the prospect of adding some European flavour to his team for this year’s event.

“We believe Guillaume has the talent to enjoy a very successful road racing career,” he said.

“His association with Suzuki at World Endurance level demonstrates his pedigree and you only have to look at his CV to realise his talent on a motorcycle.

“It’s always positive to be associated with such a professional rider and while we are not expecting big results from him in his first year at the TT, I do believe he will represent Suzuki, Relentless and all our other sponsors in a positive manner.”

The German-born 28-year-old has a long association with Suzuki, riding for the factory World Endurance Team since 2002, winning the famous Le Mans 24-Hour race in 2007 and 2008 and the Bol d’Or 24-hour event just last season.

In total he has been on the podium at both events on eight occasions and has also been on the top step at the Albacete 6-hour event and finished second at the Spa 24-Hour race.

Dietrich started racing in 1997 and went on to win the French 125cc Aprilia Cup in the Millennium year and the 250cc version a year later.

In 2002 he moved into the four-stroke classes and excelled from the outset.

As well as the aforementioned World Endurance Championship successes, Dietrich is also a double French Superbike (2007 and 2008) and Stocksport (2005 and 2006) champion.

He also achieved notable success as a World Superbike wildcard entrant at Magny Cours, finishing 15th and 13th in 2007.

He is the second Frenchman to have been on TAS Racing’s books having previously worked with Julian Da Costa in 2004.

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