Honda duo ready for Thailand challenge

Guintoli will be looking to excel in the second round of the Superbike World Championship after his decent performance at the season-opening race at Phillip Island in Australia. 

Despite struggling with a back injury during that race the Frenchman managed to finish seventh and fifth at Phillip Island.

However, Guintoli revealed that he has recovered from his injury and is raring to show just how good he can be. 

"I'm really looking forward to riding at this new track at Buriram which looks really exciting," he said. "I've watched some races on YouTube and it looks like a lot of fun and I’m hoping it will suit the characteristics of the CBR.

"My back is feeling better now so hopefully I won't suffer as much as in Australia. So it's all really exciting and I can't wait to discover this new circuit."

Meanwhile, after finishing fifth in the first race at Phillip Island and retiring in the second, van der Mark is ready to take on the challenges that await him on the Chang International Circuit. 

"I really enjoy riding new tracks, especially ones where everyone is new to the circuit, so we'll see who is fast and who gets the best set-up," he said. "I think we left Australia with a really good feeling, which was a really amazing experience for me where the bike felt really great.

"I know this weekend will be just as difficult but I'm looking forward to it because I'm usually quite fast at new tracks. I watched a few races on the internet and I think it's a track that'll really suit me because, from the videos I've seen, it looks really fast. Now I'm here, I just can't wait to get out there and see how it is."