Matthieu Lagrive is preparing for his World Superbike Championship debut at Misano after being called upon to replace Tommy Hill in the Althea Honda team.
Graduating to Superbikes for the first time having competed in 71 Supersport races over the last eight seasons, Lagrive also arrives in the premier class having established himself as a successful endurance racer over the years.
However, despite his experience of racing with Honda, the 29-year-old Frenchman admits he will still be starting from scratch when the action gets underway at the picturesque Adriatic circuit this weekend.
“This will be my first race with Honda Althea Superbike team. I never raced in Superbike before and so I will have to familiarise with my new CBR 1000 RR starting from Friday's free practices. I have already raced with a Honda CBR 1000 RR, but in Endurance races and so I know this will be a completely different bike.
“I know the team's technical staff and I'm sure they'll help me adapt quickly to the new bike. I'm happy because I'm starting a new and exciting experience in Superbike with a very clever and skilled team. Hopefully we'll reach some very good results.”
Lagrive is currently 11th in the World Supersport standings after seven races with a best result of sixth position.