Randy de Puniet sees the new adventure to the Chang International Circuit in Thailand as a place where his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team can understand where they stand in comparison to its rivals.

The Thai circuit, situated 400km north of Bangkok, is a brand new track for the World Superbike championship with plenty of long high-speed straights. The round is expected to be a high-attrition event in hot and humid conditions as well as a venture into the unknown for all the teams and riders.

The experienced Grand Prix rider got off to a solid but unspectacular start in his rookie WSBK season, notching up 17th and seventh place finishes in the two races at the season-opening round at Phillip Island. The Frenchman suffered a painful crash during pre-season testing and admitted he was struggling with the injury in Australia.

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"My physical condition has improved a lot, I'm not quite 100% but I think that next week I will feel much more comfortable on the bike and definitely much better than in Australia," de Puniet said.

"It is a new track for everybody so it will be very interesting to see what will happen and I'm excited to learn the new layout. We will start at the same level as all the other teams and riders so it could give us a good indication of exactly where we are with the GSX-R in comparison."

The 34-year-old, who competed solely in MotoGP between 2006-2013 before switching to WSBK this season, also says he is still getting to grips with the WSBK set up after joining a new team with a new bike and in a new championship.

"Even though I was not 100% in Australia I still managed to use the experience to learn a lot from both races, and I think we can do well in Thailand," de Puniet added. "I watched the Thailand motocross race last week, it was very difficult for the riders in those conditions and I think it will be the same for us but I'm confident we can have a good race."

De Puniet sits 11th in the riders' standings after the opening WSBK round and will hope the Thai circuit acts as a leveller against his more experienced rivals.