Sylvain Guintoli says he is relieved to have completed his first mileage on the Aprilia RSV4 for four months without any major problems at Jerez, despite falling on his recently injured shoulder.

The Frenchman underwent two surgeries on his shoulder following the end of the 2013 World Superbike Championship to correct damage caused in a training accident back in June.

It meant this week's two-day test at Jerez marked his first outing on the RSV4 since October and comes just over two weeks before the start of the 2014 season at Phillip Island.

Indeed, Guintoli is pleased to be back in the saddle after such a long period on the sidelines, not least because he would suffer a tumble on the previously injured shoulder. Fortunately for him, he would survive the fall unscathed.

"It's great to be back after such a long winter! Yesterday I rediscovered the RSV4 in the wet, whereas today it was nice to get out and take some laps in the dry. I found a good feeling straight away. It's a bit like riding a bike: it's hard to forget how. I'm quite pleased even if my shoulder is very tired now. I even crashed on my right side, so I suppose this can be considered a complete test!

"Let's keep our fingers crossed but there shouldn't be any big problems. Now I need to go back home and get ready for Phillip Island. I am very relieved now because before coming here I was very concerned. Actually, after almost four months without a bike I wasn't even sure I'd be able to ride, but now I know I'm ready for Australia."



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