Three-time World Supersport runner-up Jules Cluzel will return to Simon Buckmaster’s PTR Honda team for the 2017 season.
Cluzel, who finished second in this year’s series to series legend Kenan Sofuolgu, will move back to the team with which he first finished runner-up in 2012 after missing out on a ride on Yamaha’s all-new R6.
The Frenchman looked certain to become Yamaha’s title challenger next year but as the Japanese marque unveiled two teams at the Milan Show last week, it was revealed that there would be no place for Cluzel in the line-up.
“I am really happy to be back on the PTR team because we achieved a really good season in 2012 and we were close to winning the title,” he said. “I am so excited to be back on the Honda bike with CIA Landlord Insurance and I believe I can be the World Champion. This is my dream and this is my target and I think we can do it so I am really excited. I am also happy to work again with Simon Buckmaster because I have a great relationship with him and I know that it will work so I am looking forward to that also.”
Buckmaster added: “PTR have returned to winning ways this year with our CIA Landlord Insurance Honda team and we are pleased to announce the return of Jules Cluzel to the team. Jules has been runner up in World Supersport three times and so have we as a team, the last time was with Jules in 2012. Now is the time for Jules and CIA Landlord Insurance Honda to make the final step together. We as a team with Jules will go the extra mile to realise our dream. On behalf of the whole team and CIA Insurance, 'Welcome back Jules', we can't wait for 2017 to get underway."
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