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Pata Honda Riders Feeling Positive With New Upgrades Ahead Of Portimao

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Round seven of the 2015 World Superbike championship takes place at Portimao in Portugal this weekend (5-7 June) with Pata Honda riders Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark aiming to produce strong performances.

Guintoli is positive about the potential for further development of his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machine after a revised chassis configuration tested last time out at Donington Park in the UK gave him a better feeling on the bike.

The 32-year-old Frenchman has been on the Portimao podium five times in previous visits and is looking forward to pushing the CBR to the maximum in an effort to add to the machine‰Ûªs own tally of nine podium finishes at the 4.592km Autodromo Internacional do Algarve.

"It was clear from Donington that the new components and strategies that we tested were definitely a step in the right direction, so I‰Ûªm 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. 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.

"It‰Ûªs not going to be easy but we‰Ûªll just keep our heads down and continue the hard work. 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‰Ûªve been going there, so we‰Ûªre hoping for more positive progress this weekend."

Guintoli‰Ûªs Pata Honda team-mate Michael van der Mark won at Portimao on his way to last season‰Ûªs World Supersport championship but already has Superbike experience of the demanding and undulating circuit, albeit from a damp and cold pre-season test earlier this year.

Despite scoring two podium finishes at Assen in this, his rookie WSBK season, van der Mark has retired from the last three outings and is targeting strong finishes in Sunday‰Ûªs two 20-lap races, which mark the halfway point in the 2015 World Superbike championship.

"Last year was good with the win in World Supersport, even though it came with the rain. But I‰Ûªm really looking forward to the weekend because I love this place." Van der Mark said. "We had a test earlier this year so I‰Ûªve ridden the CBR Superbike at Portimao and even though it was really cold and often wet I was able to make some laps.

"I love the roller-coaster ride with all the fast corners and blind crests. Some parts are quite different on the Superbike but that also makes it more fun!

"But after too many DNFs already this season I really need some good strong results, so I‰Ûªll be working hard with the team this weekend to get me and the bike ready for Sunday‰Ûªs two races."

The weekend‰Ûªs race event will be followed on Monday 8 June by an official World Superbike test at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve at which both Pata Honda riders will test new chassis components and electronics updates.

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