Sylvain Guintoli expects a slightly easier test for his leg at Croft, as he prepares for the next stage of his return to the MCE British Superbike Championship.

The Frenchman made his long-awaited comeback at Cadwell Park, the twists and turns of the undulating circuit proving to be a challenge for his body following almost four months out of competition.

Guintoli is now looking ahead to Croft, another entirely new track for him to learn, the former MotoGP rider expecting things to be 'easier' than they were at Cadwell Park.

"I've been doing my usual preparation of watching DVDs to get an idea of how the circuit goes and I've even been looking at the team's data from last year. I understand it's another ex World War II airfield circuit, so it's flatter and maybe less technical than Cadwell Park.

"I was pretty sore after Cadwell Park and I definitely made a mistake by not icing my leg and knee after each ride. But it was important for me to get back into the rhythm of racing and for my leg to get used to the stresses and strains again. I think Cadwell was certainly the greatest test for it, everything from here on should be easier, physically at least.

"It's going to be an exciting weekend this weekend, with Kiyo, Brooks and Tommy Hill added to the starting grid it can only be good for the competition, good for the championship."

Team manager Jack Valentine echoes Guintoli's impression that the Croft line-up, which includes Ryuichi Kiyonari, Josh Brookes and former Suzuki rider Tommy Hill, will be the toughest of the season thus far.

"We always look forward to coming to Croft, it's a circuit I personally like and it should suit the Suzuki well. We'll have another one of those weekend's, though, where Sylvain needs to learn the track and we make a gradual build up.

And this weekend he faces probably the strongest field we've seen in the championship this year. With the weather forecast looking good it should an exciting weekend."