PATA Honda is hoping a software upgrade to its CBR1000RR will help it close the gap to its rivals ahead of the tenth World Superbike Championship round at Sepang.

With four rounds of the 2015 season remaining, Honda has notched up just a pair of podiums between defending champion Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark, with neither rider proving a consistent front runner this season.

In an effort to turn its fortunes around, Honda is hoping a recent software upgrade will prove more beneficial at Sepang with its long straights and heavy braking zones.

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"Our results from Sepang last season were not spectacular but we're hoping that a recent upgrade in the CBR's engine software will improve the performance, both in corner entry in the heavy braking areas and in the bike's ability to get off the turns," said technical co-ordinator Pieter Breddels

"Of course, everything was crated up following Laguna Seca for transportation to Malaysia so we'll be starting with what we finished with last time out, but working hard again to improve the overall package."

van der Mark comes to Sepang after his bid for a third straight Suzuka 8 Hours win was scuppered by Casey Stoner's massive crash, while Guintoli is looking to bounce back from a fall at Laguna Seca.