Sylvain Guintoli has shrugged off his modest fifth place in qualifying for the final round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship in Qatar, insisting his race pace on the Aprilia is stronger than his qualifying form.

The Frenchman comes into the final round 12 points shy of main rival Tom Sykes and will now start behind his main rival in both races after the defending champion secured a front row spot in third.

However, Guintoli was unmoved by the disappointing qualifying result, pointing out that he started fifth in Jerez and Magny-Cours - behind Sykes each time - and still prevailed over his main rival in all four races.

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"It almost seems as if I'm used to starting from fifth place by now after Jerez and Magny-Cours. Today I was unable to find the right feeling with the qualifier tyre again, but in terms of race pace we are definitely in much better shape."

Looking ahead to Sunday, Guintoli says he won't be distracting himself with calculations during the races and will simply focus on 'attacking' from start to finish.

"There are still a few details to test in the warm-up to improve. It seems like the track has changed compared to yesterday since I was slower today with the same tyre. The goal for tomorrow is to attack from the first to the last lap without making any calculations."