Jules Cluzel will join Leon Camier on the Fixi Crescent Suzuki World Superbike Championship team in 2013, the Frenchman fresh off finishing second in the World Supersport Championship with four victories and eight podium finishes.
"I am really excited to be joining the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team," Cluzel said. "It is a big step in my career, but one that I am very happy to take. When I was given the option to work with Suzuki in World Superbikes, I did not need to think about it twice and I just said a big "Yes!" straight away. I am really motivated by the whole project and I know that this is what I want. I will make sure I'm totally ready for the first race and plan to learn not only quickly, but also intelligently. I cannot wait to start work and I am also really pleased to be working with an English team. I now just want to get on the bike and see how it goes, do my best and challenge for some good results."
The team considered Australian Josh Waters for the ride, following his positive test in Spain recently, but opted for Cluzel instead.
Cluzel will get his first taste of the Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R at a test in Spain in January, with the first race of the season scheduled for February 24 at Phillip Island in Australia.