July 6 2004. Wayne Diprose of Sussex-based Suzuki motorcycle dealership John W Groombridge, blitzed the opposition in the recently held Suzuki European Technician of the Year to take the overall win in convincing style.

Diprose pitted his considerable technical skills against the best Suzuki technicians from Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands and now goes to Suzuki Motor Corporation's headquarters, Hamamatsu, Japan in September to face further gruelling tests. He will compete against 13 techicians from Suzuki's network of global distributors to fight for the prestigious Worldwide Guild title.

Barry Everett, Suzuki GB's Technical Director said; "Wayne is a credit both to his employers at John W Groombridge and the Suzuki training scheme implemented by Suzuki GB in 1989. His knowledge and understanding of complex technical issues stood him in good stead and he was easily the clear winner on the day.

"We hope that Wayne's success will encourage many other Suzuki dealers to put forward their best technicians for next year's Suzuki Guild of Technicians challenge, thereby raising the standard of technical expertise at dealership level."