Sylvain Guintoli says his Pata Honda squad still has a long way to go to close the gap on its manufacturer rivals after a solid but unspectacular British round of World Superbike, where he tested a new frame and swingarm on his CBR1000RR machine.

The reigning World Superbike champion looks to have given up on his defence of the World Superbike title and is focusing on getting his factory Honda up to speed against the likes of Kawasaki, Aprilia and Ducati.

Despite it being a race weekend with championship points on offer, Guintoli admits he used the British round to test new parts as part of the team's ongoing development strategy.

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"It's was a weekend to assess quite a lot of new parts and there are some good points to take from it," Guintoli said. "In the second part of the lap we were doing some quite good times and we gained stability under braking. We managed to be quite fast there so that's good, but there are still areas where we struggled."

The 32-year-old was still able to notch up two eighth place finishes in the races at Donington Park to maintain his sixth spot in the championship.

The French rider spent both races hunting down Red Devils Aprilia racer Jordi Torres but was unable to challenge the bike which he won the 2014 title on.

"I also had a good battle with my ex-bike and unfortunately just lost that by a tiny bit," he said. "The front runners were quite a long way from us today, but we have to keep fighting and keep improving the package for the rest of the season."


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No matter how may updates that bike gets, it is still too old now to compete with the newer and more modern bikes like the RSV or the Zx10r which was introduced in 2011++, the CBR has been here since 2008. if yamaha enters next year with the MotoGP tech inspired R1, then it might make Kawasaki and Aprilia run for their money...

I hope Honda ditch the idea of the RC213 road special and make it the successor to the CBR 1000. Remove the Carbon stuff and make the suspension, brakes, etc. more conventional but keep the V4 and sell it for 20k dollars, it will really be a hit.