Sylvain Guintoli described his fifth fastest qualifying time as 'OK' after he lost the rear of his Pata Honda Fireblade and crashed on the exit of the Adelaide hairpin during the World Superbike Superpole session on Saturday.

Always strong in wet conditions, Guintoli was considered one of the favourites for pole position as the rain began to fall at lunchtime around the Magny-Cours circuit.

Having set a fast time early on, Guintoli then fell while powering out of the notoriously tight hairpin. A broken handlebar prevented him from bettering his time, which was eventually 1.4secs off Leon Haslam's pole position effort.

"Fifth is OK I guess, especially after crashing, and I think it's probably as good as we could have hoped for in the dry," said Guintoli, who will ride in the Crescent Yamaha outfit in 2016.

"I was improving during the session and getting the lap time down, so it's not so bad, but it might have been better without the crash. There's not too much grip here in the wet so you have to keep going and build the temperature in the tyres and build your confidence at the same time, step by step.

"You can very easily make a mistake, exactly like I did, but to be fair the bike felt quite good. I was just building the session towards the end but then we couldn't restart after the red flag because the handlebars were broken. It's a shame about the little slide, but no damage and no injuries, so we'll be alright for tomorrow."



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