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WSBK Donington: Cluzel takes heart from track record
21 May 2013
Jules Cluzel has fond memories of Donington Park after the Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider qualified on pole for the Supersport race last year before finishing on the rostrum in third.
Cluzel returns to the British track in the World Superbike Championship this weekend and is determined to shine for the team at its home round.
The Frenchman is still battered and bruised after a crash at Monza caused him to lose the fingernail on his little finger but Cluzel remains positive.
“Donington is a really important race for the whole team, it is a totally English squad, with the exception of me and another guy – so I guess I will need to be a 'Rosbif' for the weekend!
“My finger is still quite sore and if I put gloves on, it is painful, but it is only a finger and it won't stop me from riding,” he added.
“I was really disappointed after Monza, because I think we had the chance of a good result in both races, but some bad luck and I think an unfair decision for the ride-through cost us.
“We have to put that behind us now and start working hard again at Donington, it is a track I really like and one that I went very well at last season.”
Series rookie Cluzel has yet to ride at Donington a Superbike but is taking heart from his reputation as a fast learner.
“I know some of the guys have huge knowledge of the place – including Leon [Camier] – so it won't be easy, but I will try to learn as quickly as possible and hopefully give all our sponsors and fans something to cheer about on Sunday.”