World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli made some progress in the afternoon at Phillip Island despite the blistering heat as the Pata Honda rider finished 12th overall on the combined time sheets in Australia.

Guintoli is still playing catch-up after missing the Jerez test following a heavy tumble and struggled in FP1 in the morning before making some gains later in the day, setting his fastest lap in 1m 32.329s as he finished 1.538s behind Alex Lowes at the top.

"It was a tough start this morning when we tried something that didn't work so we had to go back to the base setting. The feeling with the bike this afternoon was a little better but I'm still struggling to get dialled in, so there's still a lot of work to do," he said.

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"We're too slow for now and we have to look through all the data to find that last little bit of pace that we need. We're still a little bit on the back foot after missing the test in Jerez and I'm just not quite dialled in yet.

"We're definitely making progress but sometimes it happens straight away and other times you need a bit more time to find your mark."

Guintoli's team-mate, WSB newcomer Michael van der Mark, was seventh fastest overall, lapping in 1m 31.693s and finishing fourth quickest in FP2.