Randy de Puniet says he had another race weekend to forget on his maiden World Superbike outing at Jerez after missing out on the points.

The French rider was plagued by brake problems throughout the weekend but appeared to have found a solution the night before the races but struggled to settle on a racing style to suit his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki machine.

The former MotoGP rider was then denied any chance of a comeback in race two when his bike cut out on the sighting lap and eventually gave up on him midway through the race.

"Two difficult races for me today," de Puniet said. "We fixed the problem with the brake which was good but I needed time to adapt my riding style with this.

"In race one the brake was consistent but I was not 100% comfortable with the bike, I was racing with the guys who finished 13th all race but unfortunately I finished 16th. In race two my bike stopped on the sighting lap so I had to push it to the grid. The team fixed the issue in time but after six laps I broke the engine.

"It was a weekend to forget again and I really hope for more luck in Magny-Cours for my home race."

De Puniet will be looking for some better luck at his home event at Magny-Cours next month after enduring a dreadful season in his rookie year in World Superbikes, with just one top ten finish to his name which came in the season-opening round at Phillip Island.



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