Sylvain Guintoli is certain he will be out front within the 'first few metres of the race' despite qualifying an unexpectedly disappointing fifth for his home World Superbike round at Magny-Cours.

Eager to reduce the 31 point deficit to Tom Sykes in the overall standings ahead of the Qatar season finale in November, Guintoli came into Superpole having set the fastest time of the weekend thus far in FP3.

However, the local favourite says he couldn't find a comfortable feeling on the Aprilia RSV4 when it mattered in Superpole and would be forced to settle for the middle of the second row. Despite this, he has more confidence in his race pace.

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"I couldn't find the right feeling with the qualifying tyre which is odd because usually that is a situation where I feel quite comfortable," he said. "Today the bike was performing better in race conditions. But it isn't a problem. The important thing will be staying out front right from the first few metres of the race."

Similarly, team-mate Marco Melandri - winner of both races in Jerez - was disappointed with his qualifying result, but has higher hopes for the races.

"I was expecting a bit more from Superpole but we are in good shape for the race. We'll have to get off to a good start and not let anybody run away at the front. And let's hope the weather doesn't mess up our plans."