Following the confirmation he won't be staying with Crescent Racing next season, Randy de Puniet heads to his home round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours looking to give his fortunes a much needed final flourish.

The former MotoGP rider's difficult maiden season of World Superbike competition has shown little sign of improving, with his only top ten finish coming at the opening round in Australia and now just two events remaining.

Heading to Magny-Cours in the knowledge that he won't be with Crescent Racing next season as it embarks on a new era as Yamaha's factory effort next season, de Puniet is determined to show competitively in France.

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"I am really happy to be riding in France in front of my fans, it is always an important race and many people come to support the French riders. I have my fingers crossed for the weather as at this time of year it can be not so good, both for the riders on track and the fans watching! I have not raced here for over 16 years, but I remember liking the first and second corners.

"The last part of the track has been changed, so this will be new for me, but I have heard that it is an improvement to the layout I know and it should be interesting for the GSX-R.

"I really hope to have a good weekend (with more luck than Jerez) start the practice with a good feeling, continue the improvements throughout the sessions to make the bike more competitive than the last race and to do my best for Suzuki on the Superbike at Magny Cours."