Fabien Foret says his upcoming appearance for Pedercini Kawasaki in the penultimate 2014 World Superbike Championship round will be his last as he turns his attentions to endurance racing.

Though raced a part-season for MAHI Kawasaki in the WSBK EVO class for much of the 2014 season before the outfit went bust, Foret is best known for his success at World Supersport Championship level, notching up 16 class wins and the 2002 title over a career spanning 15 years.

However, the 41-year-old believes the time has come for him to scale back his racing activities and having been disappointed at the premature end to his renewed WSBK endeavour with MAHI, he is pleased to be getting the chance to sign off on home soil.

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"After the difficult end to last year's WSS campaign, I decided to try and race in World Superbike in the EVO class. It hasn't been an easy season for me, as you might have noticed, for different reasons. For me it is clear now that this is my last season in WSBK after fifteen years of me being in this paddock.

"I was quite disappointed to finish the year on a poor note results wise and earlier than expected, but then an opportunity came up for me to race once more in front of my home crowd at Magny-Cours and I accepted it. I got released from my former squad, that was not an issue and now I have a chance to race my final race for a team I really like and appreciate.

"They're a very friendly team and there is a great family atmosphere there. I've known Lucio (Pedercini) for so many years so I will do my best and try to enjoy my last WSBK race as much as I can."

As Foret points out though, he is not retiring from the sport altogether and has set his sights on a berth in the Endurance World Championship instead.

"I would like to point out that I am not completely retiring from racing, because I will take part in some World Endurance races," he added. "I have a great relationship with Kawasaki and they would like me to see me racing again next year in the Endurance FIM World Championship.

"There is also a plan for me to contest the full WEC season with the Team Kawasaki SRC, which does not consist of many events, so I think this would be a good halfway compromise between full time racing and retirement. It's a different type of competition that not based on pure speed, but mostly focused on consistency and fitness."