Sylvain Guintoli has admitted his fourth place result in Superpole for the second round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at Motorland Aragon was better than he expected, though he remains uncertain about his ultimate race pace.
The Frenchman, currently level with Aprilia team-mate Eugene Laverty at the top of the standings following the opening round of the season at Phillip Island, has maintained a fairly quiet presence during the Aragon weekend so far but has never strayed outside the top eight.
It was form he replicated in Superpole as he lifted his RSV4 to the head of the second row in fourth place, higher than where he qualified in Phillip Island where he was a race winner.
Despite this, Guintoli played down his hopes of putting in a repeat performance, revealing that he is 'lacking something' over a race distance,
“Superpole went better than I had hoped,” he said. “I don't like to make excuses, but I think that I am still lacking something compared to the other riders in terms of race pace. In any case I took the first spot on the second row which is a good placing since it puts me on the outside of the first brake.
“I have never achieved good results on this track so tomorrow I will be looking for two good races. The feeling with my RSV4 increases lap by lap and that makes me hopeful, I want to take full advantage of all their strong points like I did at Phillip Island.”