Randy de Puniet remains confident he will race in the opening round of the World Superbike Championship, despite struggling with pain in his back following his tumble in testing.

The Frenchman suffered a swollen and bruised lower back after a high-speed fall on the first day of WSBK testing in Australia. Having been confirmed as breaking no bones, de Puniet attempted to get back on track in the afternoon session of the second day but managed just 15 laps.

Going forward, de Puniet cannot commit to racing at Phillip Island just yet, but remains optimistic that it is getting better and will continue to do so before free practice.

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"Nothing much to tell, the good news is nothing is broken but my back is very swollen. I had an examination today and everything looks ok. I tried to complete some laps in the afternoon to get an idea of the feeling for Friday but it was so painful I only did 15 laps and decided to stop for medical treatment after one hour.

"Tomorrow and Thursday I will seek further treatment to try to reduce the pain but I'm confident that it will just get better day by day."