Eugene Laverty says he and Voltcom Crescent Suzuki will be focused on 'transforming' strong practice pace into better race pace after missing out on the podium in Jerez.

The Irishman, who announced ahead of this weekend's penultimate WSBK round at Magny-Cours that he will be racing in MotoGP next season, was confident he could challenge for the podium in Spain, but says he struggled again with new tyres and a full tank of fuel - a recurring issue in 2014.

Despite this, Laverty is positive about the gains made on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and remains confident he is in for a strong weekend in France.

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"I really expected podium finishes last time out in Jerez so I left feeling very disappointed. We need to find a way to transform our strong pace in practice into race pace. It's no secret that we have struggled to match the others on new tyres and a full tank of fuel and I hope we can make improvements in this area for Magny Cours.

"We've found a much better clutch setting though, allowing me to make consistently good starts and that's a huge positive. My aim is to qualify on the front two rows at Magny Cours, make a good start and then fight with all my might!"