Jules Cluzel says his run to seventh and sixth positions in the two races at Laguna Seca represented his 'best weekend' since joining the World Superbike Championship.
Elevated to team leader in the Fixi Crescent Suzuki outfit following Leon Camier's withdrawal through injury, Cluzel settled into his new role by proving a consistent top ten contender around an entirely new venue for him.
Indeed, though the Frenchman would twice finish outside the lead group en route to claiming a seventh place finish in race one and a sixth place in race two – well below his best result of the year at Silverstone when he finished second -, he nonetheless labelled this as his strongest weekend since joining Suzuki.
“I made a good start and a good first lap so I was able to catch up with the leading group and I was very happy about that. I enjoyed the first part of the race because I was one of the fastest guys out there; it was only the last corner to the first turn – across the start-finish line – that I was losing any time.
“This stopped me getting a good chance to fight for a podium, but it was still a good race and I think this has been my best weekend on the FIXI Crescent Suzuki so far this season.
“Laguna Seca is not an easy circuit, but I learned quite quickly and I really enjoyed it. I feel quite proud to have made this kind of result and many thanks to the whole team because they made a great job here and we had solid and consistent results.”