Sylvain Guintoli says he must 'raise the bar' if he is to continue challenging at the front of the World Superbike field following a troublesome race day in Portugal.
Following on from his impressive performance at the Phillip Island season opener, Guintoli just missed out on a Superpole shootout berth before ruining his chances in race one by over-shooting turn one and dropping to the back of the field.
A less eventful ride in race two saw him dicing with Noriyuki Haga for several laps, although he would eventually lose out to the Ducati rider as he settled for a ninth place finish.
Indeed, Guintoli was critical of his weekend performance, claiming the bike is 'really good' and that it is him who needs to get the most out of it.
To be honest, I feel like I messed up the weekend a bit. Race one was a complete disaster and it all started when I braked too late for turn one on lap two and had to go straight on. That cost me a lot of positions and time and I was in 22nd place at the end of that lap and had a lot of catching up to do. After that, I never really found my rhythm and perhaps 13th was not too bad considering.
The second race was better, but in this championship you cannot afford to be average. You have to be on your game at all times. I don't know why, but I feel that I didn't start the weekend quite right and then it was always going to be difficult.
“The bike is really good, so it's me who has to raise the bar and perform. I intend to attack Valencia right from the start of the weekend and be in a good position come race day.”