Sylvain Guintoli described the opening World Superbike round at Phillip Island as an additional 'live test session' as the Pata Honda rider fine tunes his style to the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.

Guintoli, who has been playing catch-up after injuring himself at the Jerez test, finished ninth in race one before improving to fifth in the second race.

The reigning world champion, who qualified in seventh place in Australia, said he 'tried everything he could' to obtain a good result in both 22-lap races on Sunday and highlighted his brief on-track battle with Troy Bayliss in race two as a special highlight of the weekend.

"I tried everything I could and we did both races with very different set-ups, although the results were much the same. But at least we've got some good data that we can work on now," Guintoli said.

"After missing so much winter testing, I've really been treating this weekend as another live test session because I'm still not quite yet clicking with the bike. We'll just keep working though and come back strong in Thailand. To be honest, I've never felt so physically drained after two races.

"I think the injury from Jerez must have somehow added to the dehydration because I felt really ill during both the races," added the 32-year-old. "I'll focus on recovering as much as possible before the next races now.

"But one of the highlights of the weekend for me was being on the track with Troy Bayliss. He had already retired when I came to SBK but we had a few laps scrapping out there in race two which was a bit special!"



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