Sylvain Guintoli is confident he has the race pace to challenge for victory on home soil at Magny-Cours after qualifying second on the grid for the penultimate round of the season.

The Frenchman has been in swift form around the Nevers circuit so far this weekend, both in the dry and the wet, but would have no answer to pole-winner Tom Sykes when it came to Superpole.

Despite this, Guintoli has faith in his form over a race distance and is positive that he can produce a much-needed repeat of his win from 12 months ago when he was riding a Ducati.

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"The conditions were difficult with a lot of wet spots that were hard to see," he said. "It was a tricky situation but in the end we came away with an important second spot on the grid. In the last few laps I even broke the front fairing with my helmet and I'm sure that made me lose a bit of time.

"In any case my race pace is fast and I want to stay focused on riding as well as possible without making any calculations. I'm hoping for two dry races tomorrow. I was very fast in these conditions yesterday and I'd like to give my French fans something to cheer about."

With four races remaining, Guintoli is third in the standings, 23 points behind Sykes.