Sylvain Guintoli is confident he can get back on terms with Leon Camier when the ViSK.com British Superbike Championship returns to familiar ground at Donington Park.
Currently second in the standings, Guintoli lost the championship lead to Camier last time out at Oulton Park, but was still able to maintain his perfect podium record around a circuit he had previously never visited.
By contrast, Donington Park is one of the few British circuits BSB rookie Guintoli has good experience of having competed there in MotoGP in recent seasons.
With that in mind, Guintoli thinks he can take the challenge to his Yamaha rivals on the ever-improving Worx Crescent Suzuki.
“I am looking forward to Donington because I know it well, but also because I know it will suit the Suzuki. This track, and I think also Thruxton and Snetterton, will show just how powerful the GSX-R1000 is.
“Since the last round we have been testing at Mallory Park where we put in many many laps and we were very pleased with our lap times. I was also able to practice my starts – I think it was very important to do that! I have now changed my technique and we have some new parts that will make a difference as well. I think my start should be better now.
“The racing this weekend is going to be very close, though, and I can see many battles. Leon Camier is my main rival – he took over my championship lead – but I can see the other riders are now much stronger.”