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Cluzel injures elbow after painful day at office

14 February 2013

Jules Cluzel crashed twice at the same corner on an eventful opening day of testing at Phillip Island for the World Superbike rookie.

Cluzel, though, can take heart from his lap times as the Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider set the seventh fastest time during the unofficial test in Australia on only his third outing on a Superbike.

The Frenchman was forced to spend a significant chunk of the day on the sidelines after his bike was substantially damaged after he crashed at the fast Turn 11 early in the test.

Cluzel began to make inroads later in the day on the GSX-R1000 but unfortunately he again went down at the same corner, suffering a nasty cut to his elbow that required medical intervention.

He was due to undergo further treatment on the injury in the event but it is unlikely he will miss the second day of the unofficial shakedown on Friday.

“I had a really good feeling on my first time here on a Superbike, but I had a big crash in Turn 11 - it was so big I think it should now be 'Cluzel Corner'!

“I lost the rear really quickly and it took me by surprise, because I don't really know what happened,” he said.

“The guys repaired the bike quickly because it was very damaged and they made sure I could ride at the end.

“I then had a second crash in the same place and I cannot say anything about it.

“It was also very surprising and although it was a less aggressive crash it opened the cut on my elbow.”

Cluzel remains mystified over the cause of his second crash although he was boosted by his position on the time sheets, with his best lap of 1m 32.5s leaving him within half a second of Pata Honda's Jonathan Rea in third.

“The feeling on the bike was really nice though and the GSX-R is easy to ride.

“After the first crash I had some good lap-times and I paid more attention to the track and so I was really confused why I crashed in the same place,” said Cluzel.

“I need to understand why this happened, maybe it is a certain style that I need to learn to ride the Superbike and especially in this corner - I don't know yet!”

An official timed test will take place at Phillip Island next week prior to the opening World Championship round on February 24.




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