Sylvain Guintoli believes his continued efforts are beginning to bear fruit after qualifying his Pata Honda in seventh for Sunday's World Superbike double header in Portugal.

The Frenchman, wearing the number one plate for 2015, was content with adjustments made to his race set-up in the weekend's free practice sessions before ending Saturday afternoon in seventh.

"Well, we've confirmed that the weekend is going in the right direction and we've been able to improve the pace on race tyres and then, on the qualifier, I was able to do a couple of good laps as well.

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"I think it's my best qualifying performance of the year so far, so I'm happy enough with that but realistic enough to know that there's still plenty of work to do."

"It's really good to see all the hard work we've done start to pay off though, and we're looking forward to carrying this momentum into tomorrow's races and turning it into two decent results."

Meanwhile team-mate Michael van der Mark endured a difficult day in which he failed to qualify for SP2. His eventual starting spot of 13th is his worst of the season.

"We didn't have an easy day today for sure and we changed the bike a lot, but it didn't really bring us much in terms of a lap time so we've definitely got some more work to do.

"In Superpole on race tyres I was second fastest and quite confident that I could improve. But I've had some problems with the front all weekend and putting the qualifier in seemed to make the problem worse.

"Anyway, it's not a great position to be in but we'll look at everything tonight and I'm sure the guys can come up with a good plan. Hopefully, if I can get good starts tomorrow, I can make up some places in the two races."