Fixi Crescent Suzuki's Jules Cluzel hopes to draw on new team-mate Blake Young's experience of Laguna Seca as he makes his first visit to the legendary American circuit.

Young - last year's AMA Superbike Championship runner-up - replaces the injured Leon Camier in the team this weekend.

He has plenty of knowledge of Laguna Seca and Cluzel is hoping to pick up some helpful advice as the venue returns to the World Superbike calendar for the first time in nine years.

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The Frenchman, who twice finished seventh last time out at Istanbul Park in Turkey, said: "I'm looking forward to the next race in Laguna; I've been there before, but it was just for a holiday. It's a really nice place and very beautiful and feels much different to Europe.

"I don't know much about the track, but it looks great on TV and video games - the Corkscrew looks easy on a video game, but I know it's not!

"I do know it's a bumpy track and not very large or wide, unlike some of the ones we get in Europe," he added.

"I am glad the race has come along quickly because I love to ride and can't wait to get out there. I learned a lot about how the bike behaves in Turkey, so I want to use that data and see how we can improve further.

"I'd like to welcome Blake to the team and wish him all the best for the weekend; hopefully he'll be able to help me with his knowledge of the circuit and if I can help him in any way then I will."

Cluzel is currently in ninth place in the championship standings, 27 points behind Michel Fabrizio in eighth.