Matthieu Lagrive will return to the World Supersport Championship for his home round at Magny-Cours due to FIM regulations that stipulate he isn't able to compete in the Superbike category.
The Frenchman participated in the recent Bol d'Or world endurance event at the Nevers circuit in September, rendering him unable to race at the same circuit in the World Superbike Championship as stated in the FIM rulebook.
Nonetheless, while Lagrive is disappointed to not be competing in the premier Superbike class around a circuit familiar to him, he is pleased to have been retained by Althea Honda to compete in the Supersport category.
"Magny Cours is one of my favourite circuits and, of course, I know it very well. I am sorry not to be able to participate in the Superbike races but I am happy to go back to Supersport and I will try my best to reach a good result for my team, my sponsor and my supporters. My physical condition is good now and I feel very fit."
Despite Lagrive's temporary relegation, Althea Honda will still be present in World Superbikes at Magny-Cours with CIV Superbike rider Flavio Gentile.
The Italian, who has competed in two World Supersport races for Althea in recent weeks, is looking forward to the opportunity of getting back on his Superbike for a shot on the international stage.
"I have never raced in Magny Cours before so I must familiarize with this new circuit starting from Friday's free practices. I am familiar with the Honda CBR 1000 RR because I am using it in the Italian Superbike Championship and I know the team's technical staff and I am sure they will help me in this new and exciting experience.
“Once again I would like to thank the Honda Althea team for this great opportunity and I must to do my best for them and for my sponsor."