Sylvain Guintoli says his mind is set on remaining in the World Superbike championship on a 'competitive ride' but accepts he is looking at various options both on the international scene and national.
The 2014 World Superbike champion has recently been confirmed to be leaving the Pata Yamaha squad at the end of the year having been replaced by Michael van der Mark for 2017.
With factory seats filled at Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki and Ducati – while the official confirmation of the factory Aprilia line-up is still unknown – Guintoli says he still wants to compete in World Superbikes but realistically only on a competitive package.
“At the minute, there is nothing decided. I had a one-year contract with Yamaha. I'm looking at options right now but nothing is decided,” Guintoli told worldsbk.com. “My biggest wish is to stay in World Superbike and have a competitive ride. If I can't get a competitive ride, we'll see, but that is what I am working on.
“There are still a few competitive bikes available but not many. There are a lot of British riders in this championship, I think it's good to have a lot of different nations at the front, so I could do with a good bike! It would be good for the championship.”
Before the announcement that Guintoli would be leaving Pata Yamaha, the 34-year-old was at last weekend's British Superbike round at Cadwell Park and known to been speaking with a number of teams regarding 2017.
The French rider spent the 2009 season competing in BSB, but his campaign was truncated by suffering a broken leg in an accident with Josh Brookes during the warm-up lap at Donington Park, and Guintoli lives in England close to the Leicestershire circuit.
Guintoli has made his desire to battle for race wins and championships again after a difficult couple of years since his 2014 title triumph and reiterates his aim to secure a competitive package for next season.
“Since I won the title I have ridden well, including last year with some tough competition from my team-mate Mikey [van der Mark], but I still beat him in the championship,” he said. “This year I was riding really well until the accident, so by the end of this year I hope to take things back to where I left them and rebuild my speed. For next year I really, really would like to have a competitive bike so I can be at the front, dicing with the Kawasakis and Ducatis.”
Guintoli's 2016 has been severely hampered since he suffered a broken ankle during qualifying at Imola in May and will make his competitive return to action at the Lausitzring this month.