Leon Camier has described his pace on the previously untested Airwaves Yamaha R1 as a 'massive shock' after vying for fastest laps on the second day testing at Brands Hatch.
With the six free practice sessions at the Kent circuit doubling up as GSE Racing's maiden outing with the new bike, Camier admits expectations had initially been fairly modest.
However, the 22-year-old has made consistent improvements with each session, taking the fight to pace setter Karl Harris in the final session of the day to finish with the second fastest lap of the weekend so far.
Pointing out that both he and GSE are only just beginning to understand the bikes, Camier insists there is much more to come from the package.
“It's a massive shock! We didn't know if we'd be fast, slow… we had no idea,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “”There is so much work to be done, so when everything is sorted and we have a better understanding of the bike, then we should be strong.
“I am over the moon with the progress we are making. The bike is working brilliantly and I want to thank the GSE team for getting the bike working well.
Camier went on to hail the R1 itself as 'amazing', claiming it to be easy to ride and having very useable power.
“It's amazing! It is so easy to ride and has such useable power - it's unreal! We are struggling in a couple of places, but fundamentally the bike is very good.
“We were thinking top fifteen or top ten, so to be straight on the bike and be amongst the competition shows how well we have prepared the bike.
"The bike hasn't been too difficult to learn how to ride, although when are developing the settings, it will become more difficult. Nonetheless, it stands us in good stead for the rest of the season.”