Camier 'shocked' by instant pace

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 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.”

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1098RH - Unregistered

April 12, 2009 11:01 AM

to borrow another well known phrase or saying ... "you make your own luck". Yamaha knew what they had in the box, and targeted GSE as the best team to be able to deliver. Leon started to win last year, and he's settled with the team, so i don't see where luck fits in :p

bugref - Unregistered

April 12, 2009 4:37 AM

another Big bang R1 champion in the making. Big bang really Bangs Big this year. Rossi, Edwards, Lorenzo, Spies and now Camier. I do hope the other Rider like Sykes and Toseland could be on the list Soon. Good luck to all the Big Bang, Long bang, crossplane crankshaft engine, or whatever you may call it. and it all point to the M1 technology being imparted to the the customer Bike.

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