Crescent Suzuki has confirmed Randy de Puniet will make the move from MotoGP to join its team for the 2015 World Superbike Championship alongside Alex Lowes.

One of grand prix racing's most experienced riders, de Puniet has been competing an international level since 1998, making his premier class MotoGP debut in 2006 and picking up two podiums before calling a sabbatical on his racing career at the end of 2013 in favour of leading development for Suzuki's return to MotoGP in 2015.

Though the Frenchman was angling for a full ride with Suzuki in 2015, its decision to hand the available rides to Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales has seen him turn his attentions to competing with the manufacturer in World Superbikes, which he will dovetail with continued MotoGP testing duties.

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Becoming the latest MotoGP rider to pursue a career in WSBK, after the likes of Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri, de Puniet was pleased to be getting back to racing after a year on the sidelines.

"I'm so happy to be joining Crescent Suzuki for the Superbike World Championship because my target for 2015 was to get back to competing on the race track," he said. "Testing for the past year was ok but of course what I really want is to race! I really enjoyed racing in Suzuka this year - to race, to fight and to be on the podium is everything to me.

"I had the opportunity to join the Crescent team for next year and I'm really happy; my first priority was to stay with Suzuki because I want to stay within this family, and for me this is a new challenge - a new championship, new bike, new tyre, everything is different and I have many things to learn but I am ready for that and I'm very confident.

"I will be joining a very strong team with a lot of experience and I think the bike will be good next year. We have a good test plan for this winter and I think we will be ready for the first race in Phillip Island next year."


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Good news.
He always tries his hardest & there is nothing wrong with going to WSB. The time when he could get a genuinely good MotoGP ride has passed so he is following the same route that Biaggi, Melandri & Checa have followed, with considerable success.
Good luck to him.