VOLTCOM Crescent Suzuki rider Randy de Puniet is hoping that the weather improves during at Magny-Cours on Sunday after he endured a difficult first Superpole session.
De Puniet will start the race in 19th place after crashing at turn three due to the circuit being slippery from the heavy rain. However, the Frenchman was not the only one to fall off his bike as five other riders – Leon Haslam, Chaz Davies, Sylvain Guintoli, Tom Sykes and De Puniet's team-mate Alex Lowes – also crashed.
"Today is the worst weather I have ridden in for a long time, there was no grip and the track was so slippery," he told reporters. "I crashed at turn three but I don't really know why. I didn't have a good feeling with the bike from the start of the session and my lap times were slow, Alex crashed as well so it was a session to forget.
De Puniet admitted that his Superpole session didn't go according to plan, but added that it will not curb his determination to put up strong performances in both races on Sunday as he will be racing on home soil.
"I am hoping for better weather for tomorrow, to make some adjustments during warm up and to enjoy two consistent races and score some good points for my home round," he said.