Sylvain Guintoli is targeting a maiden World Superbike podium at the conclusion of his first full World Superbike season after qualifying second on the grid at Magny-Cours.
The Frenchman has been the model of consistency in 2010, finishing every race inside the points, but he is yet to get on the podium, unlike his rivals for seventh position in the standings James Toseland, Michel Fabrizio and Troy Corser.
Nonetheless, he is well placed to break his duck at the final time of asking – and on home soil – after recording his best starting position yet at Magny-Cours, Guintoli less than a tenth away from claiming a pole position.
Motivated by performing in front of home fans, Guintoli will also be hoping a good performance will help him in his cause to secure the sole Suzuki Alstare entry in 2011.
“What I wanted was the pole but unfortunately Cal just managed to get it ahead of me. Today was great, this morning when I was quickest in Q2 was good and I'm looking forward to tomorrow because I've been so close to the podium so many times this year.
“I really wish I can get my first one here in front of the French public, I'm going to push hard tomorrow, my race pace is good and I feel confident.”
Guintoli is just three points behind Toseland in the battle for seventh in the standings.