Voltcom Crescent Suzuki's Randy de Puniet lamented a 'horrible' World Superbike debut at Phillip Island on Sunday.

The series newcomer was struggling with injuries from his earlier crash during testing and had the additional hindrance of arm pump - problems that were compounded in race one when de Puniet dropped back to 17th place from eighth after colliding with Leon Camier.

He regrouped to battle his way back in race two, finishing seventh on the Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000, but de Puniet is keen to move on from the opening round of the championship, which fell considerably short of his expectations.

"It was a horrible Sunday for me, I was in a lot of pain and the first race was a disaster," he said. "After six laps I was not able to ride because I had pain everywhere, plus arm pump, so it was impossible to brake or to accelerate, and I tried to manage a good position - I think I was ninth and should have been able to finish tenth.

"Unfortunately [Leon] Camier hit me, I went straight on and finished 17th so I'm a little bit disappointed."

De Puniet was concerned over his ability to participate in race two given his physical condition but he toughed it out to salvage seventh place from the weekend, earning nine championship points.

"I was worried again about my physical condition for race two but luckily I was able to manage it better, and I finished seventh," he said.

"Until the middle of the race I was only four seconds from the lead but after that I started to struggle again, I tried to keep a good rhythm and finished seventh, which is a good result in this condition.

"Without the no score in the first race it would have been possible to be seventh in the championship, I'm 11th which is a shame but after everything this week this is not so bad," added de Puniet.

"Now it's time for me to recover and get fit for Thailand. I want to thank the team for everything and also the Clinica Mobile for helping me to ride this weekend."


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