Michel Fabrizio concedes that his results at Laguna Seca were not what he had anticipated, but the Italian is hopeful of an improvement in France this weekend.

Former Red Devils Roma Aprilia rider Fabrizio, who was brought into the Pata Honda team as a replacement for the injured Jonathan Rea, finished 13th and tenth at the iconic American circuit.

However, the 29-year-old was much happier with a change to the front of his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade prior to race two and is optimistic the breakthrough will stand him in good stead for the penultimate World Superbike round, even though he concedes that Magny-Cours has not been a happy hunting ground in the past.

"The results at Laguna Seca were not great but I was quite happy after the race on Sunday because we made another big change to the front of the bike after warm-up and it worked," he said.

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"I was able to do faster lap times and the bike was much better for me, so I think we have a good direction to follow this weekend.

"My results at Magny-Cours have not been so good over the years, with only one podium, so we will work as hard as possible to achieve some good results this time."