Sylvain Guintoli says his Crescent Pata Yamaha squad's primary aim at Imola is to extract the YZF-R1's full potential over a race distance after demonstrating its pace in qualifying.

Since the start of the European stint of the 2016 World Superbike season Guintoli has managed to secure two consecutive front row starts in qualifying (third in Aragon, second in Assen) but in the races he has dropped through the field to finish in the bottom of the top ten.

With optimism coming from his qualifying pace Guintoli says he and team-mate Alex Lowes will be concentrating their efforts on uncovering consistent speed over a race distance at Imola to cut the deficit to the leading group.

"For Imola our clear target is to improve upon the race-day performance and maximise the excellent potential which the Yamaha has," Guintoli said. "It's a very challenging track, for riders but also for bike set-up, and we really need to work hard to allow the YZF-R1 to perform well over the full length of the race as we know we have the pace as already shown in qualifying.

"I'm looking forward to Imola, we have a lot of events before the race weekend begins which look like a lot of fun, but then for the race itself it's one of the great tracks and one I always enjoy."

Guintoli has one podium result to his name at Imola, when he finished third in race two in 2014 on his way to the World Superbike championship with Aprilia, and will be keen to fight towards the front after an underwhelming start to the European season.