New champion Sylvain Guintoli says he expects Michael van der Mark will 'keep him on his toes' in 2015 as they prepare to come together as team-mates in the PATA Honda World Superbike team.

The Frenchman switches to the Ten Kate Racing-run team in 2015 after clinching the 2014 world championship title with Aprilia, while van der Mark steps up to the Superbike ranks after dominating the World Supersport Championship.

With both riders set to get their first taste of CBR1000RR machinery in testing this week, Guintoli believes the presence of the young Dutchman will push him to the limit in 2015.

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"I think Pata Honda's line-up for 2015 is a really good one, with myself as the more experienced rider and Michael as the young WSS Champion who is eager to prove himself in the Superbike World Championship.

"His presence will be a good thing for me too, because he will keep me on my toes and we can push each other to the limit."