It'll be a case of something old and something new when Randy de Puniet undertakes pre-season testing for his rookie World Superbike season later this week.

The new will be in the form of Portugal's Portimao circuit, which the former MotoGP star is yet to experience despite his extensive career.

But a few days later de Puniet will head to the familiar curves of Jerez, which the Frenchman first raced at grand prix level in 1999 and where he tested for the Crescent Suzuki team late last year.

"These tests will be very important, especially for me in Portimao as it will be my first time at this track; it is only for two-days but I have a lot to learn," de Puniet said. "It was good to be in Jerez two months ago to discover the new bike and the new engine specification; we worked well there and left with a good feeling so I am confident ahead of the next test.

"In Portimao I will try to learn the track quickly so I can work to adapt the bike for my riding style at this circuit. Returning to Jerez will be interesting, to see if we can continue to improve the bike and if we have the same feeling after the winter break. I'm quite confident because the feeling and the base setting we left there with in November was quite good.

"The bike will be more-or-less the same as the 2015-spec GSX-R I tested on my last day, my aim now is to get as much time on the bike as possible and to run race-simulation. I was fast on the qualifying tyre last-time-out and I would like to improve on this as well as my times on the race tyre. I think the key will be to focus on the set-up for when the rear tyre begins to drop."

After Jerez, de Puniet will re-join the Suzuki MotoGP team for testing at Sepang, prior to heading for the opening round of the new WSBK season at Phillip Island, Australia.

"I have spent the winter training, both in the mountains, at home and while on holiday, so I am very ready to ride. After the [Jerez] test I will continued to train for a further week at home before flying to Malaysia for the MotoGP test. It is a busy off-season for me, but it will be good to ride the GP bike as one last training session before arriving at Phillip Island for the first race of the SBK season."



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