World Superbike Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli has played down his hopes of a podium challenge at Silverstone this weekend after admitting he is still suffering with his painful shoulder.

The Frenchman has been contending with the injury over the last few weeks, the unfortunate legacy of a cycling accident during training, but while he says he is feeling stronger this weekend, he remains sceptical.

Helped by a shortened programme and heavy rain during the day's one and only race, Guintoli rode around his shoulder injury in Russia, his sixth place finish even lifting him to the top of the standings in place of the non-scoring Tom Sykes.

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However, with two dry races predicted this weekend, Guintoli - who claimed victory at Silverstone in the wet last season - admits he doesn't feel comfortable on the Aprilia as yet.

"My shoulder still isn't at 100 per cent, so I need to work on it. In any case we are faster than we were in Moscow and I'm confident that we can get even better. I'm certainly not riding the way I know how to yet.

"We need to find some solutions to achieve a more effective race pace. Everything is working well, but we still need to work on a few details in order for me to feel comfortable on the bike since my injury is still quite painful."