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Pata Honda Techincal Co-Ordinater Looking For Improvement Before Round 1

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The Pata Honda World Superbike team has completed its preparations for the 2015 World Superbike championship season with a two-day official test at Phillip Island ahead of this weekend‰Ûªs opening round at the Australian track.

For reigning champion, Sylvain Guintoli, it was the first time back on his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP since a big testing crash at Jerez in Spain three weeks ago in which the 32-year-old French rider sustained back, neck and ankle injuries.

Guintoli worked on a number of electronics and chassis settings over the two-day Phillip Island test in a bid to make up for time lost to bad weather in two other European winter tests last month.

His Pata Honda team-mate, Michael van der Mark, has continued his acclimatization to the bigger CBR machine having stepped up to World Superbikes after winning last season‰Ûªs World Supersport title on Honda‰Ûªs CBR600RR.

The 22-year-old Dutch ace continued work on base chassis and electronics settings and is looking forward to competing in his debut World Superbike event at the 4.445km Phillip Island this weekend (20-22 February).

"We were quite relieved to see that Sylvain was fit enough to ride yesterday." Pieter Breddels the teams technical co-ordinator stated. "He is still not 100%, but he was able to complete all the testing, which was good. We tried a lot of chassis set-ups and electronics settings and at the end he had a very small crash.

"That was unfortunate because he was just preparing for a fresh set of tyres to improve his time. We need to sort through all the data now and pick a base with which to start the race weekend, when hopefully he‰Ûªll be fitter, too. Michael had a good test, especially this morning when he was quite fast. He couldn‰Ûªt improve his time any more this afternoon so we‰Ûªll analyse the data to see why that was.

"We've got some work to do before the weekend, but we're all looking forward to it.

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