Randy de Puniet concedes he will still not be at 100 per cent strength when the World Superbike Championship resumes for round three at Motorland Aragon after falling ill during the previous event.

The ex-MotoGP rider has had a tough start to life in World Superbikes on the Suzuki GSX-R1000, injuring himself ahead of the Phillip Island opener and suffering with bike issues in Thailand. Furthermore, having gotten over his injury, he is now suffering the after-effects of an illness he ppicked up in Thailand.

With this in mind, de Puniet admits he still isn't feeling at his best, though he is looking forward to racing at Aragon, particularly as the amendments to the layout - which see it adopt the same long, fast final corner left-hander as MotoGP - means he has more experience than most.

"We have two important races coming up back-to-back, but I think they can be two good races for us. I know the Aragon track well from my MotoGP career, and I really enjoy the circuit. This year the SBK Championship is using the final corner layout as used in GP so for me this is good as I have experience of this layout and I don't need to learn anything.

"Unfortunately I am not at 100%, as I had wished to be, after falling ill with a fever in Thailand which is still affecting me, but I am hoping to feel better ready for the race weekend.

"We have not had much luck so far this year, so I am hoping to start my season again, we have two days testing at Calafat which will be good training for me just a week before the event, so I'm confident and will give my best for the weekend's two races."



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