Sylvain Guintoli cast a disappointed figure following qualifying for the tenth World Superbike Championship round in Jerez after only managing a spot on the second row.

The Frenchman will start alongside Aprilia Racing team-mate Marco Melandri in fifth place, crucially behind main WSBK title rival Tom Sykes in third position.

Indeed, Guintoli was frustrated with the result, declaring there is 'still something missing' in his quest to mount a challenge on the leaders.

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"We have worked a lot over these two days but there is still something missing. In any case we are all very close, so it will be important to make the right choices for the races tomorrow.

"We'll use the warm up session to try something different in the hopes of improving our pace. I haven't planned out a strategy. The important thing at the moment is shaving off a little more in the warm up session."

Melandri, meanwhile, was content with fourth on the grid, despite making a mistake on his best lap that prevented him from matching his pace setting form in free practice.

"I made a couple of mistakes in the first part of the track with the qualifier mounted and then in turn six Barrier crashed in front of me so I lost a bit of confidence. In the second lap the tyre had lost some efficiency so I wasn't able to improve.

"I'm sure I lost a few tenths of a second. In any case, compared to the other rounds this was a good Superpole, especially because I was able to get even closer to the front runners. Getting off to a good start will be important tomorrow. Jerez is a track where it isn't hard to overtake so the second row with a good pace is just fine."