Sylvain Guintoli says there is no quick or easy fix to his Pata Honda squad's lack of pace in World Superbike but feels the team is making solid progress heading to Portimao.

The defending WSBK champion says the development strategy at Donington Park was a significant success and hopes continue the improvement drive with the Honda CBR1000RR at round seven in Portugal.

"It was clear from Donington that the new components and strategies that we tested were definitely a step in the right direction, so I'm looking forward to this weekend in Portugal to continue that development process," Guintoli said. "At Donington I felt that I was riding the bike well and I felt more comfortable on it."

Despite Guintoli's positive report the Honda still trails its manufacturer rivals. The French rider could only manage a pair of eighth place finishes at the British event two weeks ago and his hopes of defending his World Superbike crown appear increasingly bleak.

"There was still a gap to the front that is larger than we would want but all we can do is keep working in the way we have been to try to close it," he added. "It's not going to be easy but we'll just keep our heads down and continue the hard work."

Looking ahead to the Portuguese round of the 2015 championship Guintoli says the Portimao circuit is one which he enjoys a great deal. The 32-year-old has notched up five podium finishes at the Algarve track but is yet to grab a World Superbike victory.

"I had a good weekend at Portimao last year and I really like the track which has been good to me in the years we've been going there," he said. "So we're hoping for more positive progress this weekend."



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