PATA Honda's Sylvain Guintoli is confident of being fit for the opening World Superbike round at Phillip Island in Australia after injuring his neck and ankle during testing at Jerez.

The reigning World Superbike came off on the first day of the test at the Spanish track on Monday and was forced to miss the remainder of the shakedown, returning to the UK for a full medical assessment.

On Wednesday, Guintoli underwent an MRI scan on his neck and back and had a further X-ray on his right ankle.

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And despite severe bruising and some discomfort, the 32-year-old has no broken bones and Guintoli has now begun his rehabilitation with physiotherapy and the use of a hyperbaric chamber.

"The back is still quite painful," said Guintoli, "but I can put some pressure on the ankle and I'm happy that there are no breaks. The treatment has started and although it will take a while to settle down, I'm confident about being fit and ready to start the season at Phillip Island next month.

"In the end, it was frustrating to miss the test at Jerez, especially because the weather conditions were so good. But we have another two-day test in Australia before the first round and I've already had a chance to see the work that has been done to the CBR over the winter, so I'm excited and looking forward to the first race."