Sylvain Guintoli admits he will be riding in some discomfort at the start of his defence for the World Superbike Championship following his pre-season testing accident in Jerez.

The Frenchman, who clinched the 2014 riders' title with Aprilia Racing, crashed heavily in Spain after being caught out by a traction control issue on the PATA Honda CBR1000RR.

Hurting his ankle and his back in the crash, Guintoli says the former has now healed but the latter is still causing problems due to the traditionally strong winds that breeze across the Phillip Island venue.

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"I need to be on the bike to see how it feels. The crash was a big one. There is some damage to the spine, so it is taking a long time to recover, but I am getting better every day. We'll have to see how I feel on the bike.

"At Phillip Island you take a lot of wind to the back of you all the time. Hopefully it's not too bad and I have no problem riding the bike, but for now it doesn't hurt."