PATA Honda team manager Ronald ten Kate says the combination of world champions Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark has created the 'perfect team' for the 2015 World Superbike Championship.

Guintoli - who was ruled out of testing at Jerez in Spain after hurting his neck and ankle in a spill after completing only four laps on Monday - brings the coveted number one plate to he team after clinching the title for Aprilia last year.

His experience and title know-how is mixed with a blend of youthful exuberance brought to the team by World Supersport champion Michael van der Mark, who makes the step up in class after coming of age in 2014.

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It's a balance that Ten Kate feels will lay the foundations for a year full of promise when the championship gets under way in anger at Phillip Island in February.

"The line-up is fantastic, very, very good [with] two world champions on the bike, it's very unique," said Ten Kate, speaking at the presentation of the team's riders at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy.

"[They have] a lot of experience, with Sylvain a world champion from last year and then on the other side we have another world champion with Michael van der Mark.

"Michael has stepped up to World Superbikes; he is young and I believe it is the perfect team," he added.

"You can already sense, feel, smell that something great is coming up."

The introduction of new technical regulations in WSBK this year has created an element on uncertainty over how the changes will impact on machine performance, but Ten Kate's view is that everyone finds themselves in the same collective boat.

"The new technical regulations for sure will affect the engine - I'm quite sure that everybody is going to lose some horsepower and nobody really knows where we are," he said.

Guintoli, meanwhile - who posted a picture of himself on Twitter wearing a neck brace following his Jerez tumble on Monday - also shares the view that the PATA Honda line-up has the makings of a 'great team'.

"I think we'll be a great team because we are two very different riders at different moments in our careers; he's obviously just won the 600 [title] and is obviously very motivated and this will create a good atmosphere in the team, a competitive one anyway," said Guintoli.

"The feeling is good, the expectation is high and I'm really looking forward to the start of the racing at Phillip Island."