Leon Camier has lauded the strength of his new Yamaha engine after dominating free practice for the third round of the ViSK.com British Superbike Championship at Donington Park.
The championship leader arrives at Donington Park with a full specification engine at his disposal for the first time and was immediately on the pace, topping both free practice sessions, while Airwaves Yamaha team-mate James Ellison backed him up in second.
Indeed, with Camier having been unable to fully test the engine before the weekend, he admits he wasn't sure how competitive he would prove. However, after finishing the day four tenths up on his rivals, he was delighted with his early showing.
"Before this weekend I really wasn't too sure what to expect or how competitive we would be, but I'm very happy with our progress so far. The new Yamaha engine has made a huge difference and lap by lap we're improving, which is encouraging.
"We made a few changes to the chassis between sessions which helped to reduce our times, but we'll be looking to make more improvements ahead of qualifying tomorrow."
Although technical issues stymied his progress in the morning, James Ellison was also happy with arguably his most competitive session of the season thus far.
"This morning's session wasn't great for us as we only completed a handful of laps but I had enough time on track to get a feel for the new engine which is fantastic! The second session went a lot better so I'm a happy man.
“I'm struggling slightly in the middle-section so we'll be looking at ways to improve and get the chassis dialled in to get us closer to the top spot tomorrow."