Sylvain Guintoli feels Bennetts Suzuki has continued to make positive progress with the development of the GSX-R1000 at the second round of the MCE British Superbike championship but the level of competition has somewhat masked the gains.

After struggling in qualifying with a lowly 16th on the starting grid Guintoli's race one was ended prematurely by a technical issue. Starting a step further back on the race two grid, the 2014 World Superbike champion enjoyed trouble-free running to charge up the field to 10th place before the chequered flag appeared.

Despite a single top ten result, the former BSB race winner around the Brands Hatch Indy track says improvements with the new Suzuki are coming but appeared less obvious due to his poor starting positions in both races.

"It was always going to be difficult today after qualifying, but we improved a lot," Guintoli said. "In the first race we had a technical problem that affected us, but in race two we made a lot of progress.

"It was not going to be easy from 17th on the grid but we kept moving forward and actually we were within 10 seconds of the leader at the end, which, over 30 laps is a few tenths a lap and is not actually a big gap. We're chipping away but the competition is so strong."

Guintoli and the rest of the BSB grid has an almost immediate opportunity to get going again with an official test day at Oulton Park on Thursday (20th April) where he hopes to continue the development path with his Hawk Racing-run Bennetts Suzuki squad.

Heading into the Brands Hatch Indy round Guintoli explained he has drastically changed the testing direction with the new GSX-R1000 having run back-to-back tests between standard and factory Suzuki parts.

"We're still adjusting everything, and still need to keep working on the electronics. But there are positives too and areas where the bike is working well," he said. "I'm looking forward to the test at Oulton, and more testing and track time is what we need.

"The team is very busy and working hard, so we'll keep trying things at Oulton, evaluate different parts and settings, and keep improving bit by bit."