Despite qualifying on the front row for his maiden visit around Oulton Park, Sylvain Guintoli has stated that his Worx Crescent Suzuki is simply 'too fast' to handle the undulating circuit.
Guintoli has enjoyed a steady trajectory over the course of the weekend, the Frenchman proving off the pace in practice before putting in a more convincing qualifying performance to claim fourth on the grid.
Indeed, although Guintoli admits his slow start came as a surprise to him, he was pleased to have now worked his way to the front.
“I started very slow, but we knew it would be difficult,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “I didn't think we would be that slow and struggle so much, but the team has worked so hard and we have made loads of modifications on the bike to help me understand the track quicker.
“In terms of race pace, I think we are up there. I was a bit worried coming here, so it is really good that we have managed to go well in qualification. If we can do that here, then the other ones should be easier.”
Even so, Guintoli reveals he is being forced to hold back slightly because the GSX-R1000 is too lively to handle the crests and troughs of the Cheshire circuit.
“We have too much power! So the bike is up all the time and it isn't very efficient at the moment. “If we can do well and have a good race pace, then when we get to the longer tracks like Donington Park or Snetterton we can use the engine power. Here, you have to get the front wheel down and we can't currently open the whole throttle.”
Looking ahead to the races, Guintoli is hoping the forecast rain will arrive having developed a good impression of the bike in testing at Brands Hatch.
“I tried the bike in the wet at Brands Hatch and I felt very confident. I have a positive impression from the front tyres, which is so important in the wet. If it rains it isn't as good for the spectators, but we should still be competitive.”