Sylvain Guintoli says he has much to be positive with following his first World Superbike Championship test with PATA Honda, despite admitting that the lap times are 'nothing to jump up and down about'.

The new world champion, who makes the switch to PATA Honda from Aprilia for the new season, travelled to Jerez with new team-mate Michael van der Mark to get his first laps on the CBR1000RR over four days.

Using the test to get comfortable on the bike, which he freely admits is entirely different to the Aprilia RSV4 he won the 2014 title on, though Guintoli was not over-awed by the lap times, he was satisfied with the method and progress of the test.

"It's been a really positive first encounter with my new team and the CBR. It's clearly a different machine to what I've been riding for the last two years so this test was really all about dialling into the Honda and learning about its strengths.

"We've gone in a big, wide circle to learn how the bike reacts in a number of different situations. So, while the lap times are nothing to jump up and down about, we've done the base work here and we have a good direction to go in the next time we test.

"It's also been good to get to know the mechanics, the technicians and the rest of the team this week. We've had some good laughs and there's already a great atmosphere in the box."

Guintoli's best lap from the test was a 1mn 41.6, placing him just over a second slower than the fastest time of the test set by Suzuki's Alex Lowes.



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