World Superbike Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli says he hopes the renowned top speed advantage of the Aprilia RSV4 will aid him in his quest to work his way back up the order at the Nurburgring after qualifying in eighth.

Visibly uncomfortable in the wet conditions of Superpole, Guintoli would be forced to save more than one wobbly moment en route to securing a spot on the third row.

Still recovering from his troublesome collarbone injury, Guintoli - who leads Tom Sykes by 13 points in the overall standings - is hoping the RSV4's strength in power will allow him make up ground in a straight line, rather than have to push through the bends.

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"The positive thing about today is that we worked really well on our pace. I feel like I'm ready for the races. Superpole didn't go as I had hoped. I really struggled to find my pace on in the wet and that will force me to work overtime tomorrow.

"It looks like the races will be held in the dry and that's good for us, but in any case we'll have to overtake a lot of riders since we're starting from behind. I hope my RSV4's power will make a comeback a bit simpler!"