Jules Cluzel has set himself a target of battling for the title after switching back to the World Supersport Championship this season to spearhead Yakhnich Motorsport's factory-backed MV Agusta team.

Cluzel, who impressed in his rookie season on the Crescent Suzuki in 2013 - finishing 10th overall - went close to lifting the Supersport crown in 2012, when the 25-year-old concluded the campaign in the runner-up spot.

The talented French rider will be aiming to defend the World Supersport crown for Yakhnich Motorsport on the F3 following Sam Lowes' success last year on the Yamaha R6.

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Cluzel said: "I feel quite comfortable on the bike and that's a good point... I just need to adapt to the bike as the four-cylinder Superbike I rode last year is very different to the three-cylinder MV Agusta. We will see in the future.

"I'm happy to be back to Supersport because I had a great feeling in 2012, I finished second and close to Kenan [Sofuoglu] and I think I was stronger than him in the last part of the season.

"I will try to fight for the title, we know we have a lot of work to do before the race and if everything goes well I think we can battle for the championship victory," he added.

"I'm looking forward to Phillip Island because I love the track and everybody will be aiming high, let's hope we can score a good result."

Cluzel, who achieved a best WSBK finish of second place at Silverstone last season, will be joined in the Yakhnich MV Agusta team by Russian rider Vladimir Leonov, who remains with the outfit for a third season in a row.

Yakhnich Motorsport will also lead MV Agusta's return in the World Superbike Championship this year as part of the deal with the factory.