Following a successful winter of testing in the warmer climate of Spain, the Airwaves backed GSE Racing team will compete for the first time aboard their new Ducati 1098R's on the Brands Hatch GP circuit this weekend.
2003 BSB champion Shane Byrne has performed exceptionally well in testing, completing around 1000 laps and posting consistently quick times. Although the adverse weather conditions prevented any testing at the official BSB test at Snetterton, Shane is confident that he will perform well at his favourite circuit.
“I am feeling really positive, the team has worked really well and everything has gone to plan," he said. "We have worked through a number of things and taken some big steps forward with the new bike.
"There are a few things we need to work on at Brands but we have been consistently strong and the only unknown now is how we will match up against the competition! I personally feel as fit and strong as I can be and I am looking forward to getting going; the first round is going to be interesting for sure!”
The off season has been far tougher for former Supersport champion Camier. The 21-year-old spent the first part of the winter break recuperating from his horrific leg break sustained at Cadwell Park last August.
Progress was further hampered by a testing crash at the Calafat circuit in Spain as he adjusted from the Honda he rode in 2007 to the new Ducati that has been so dominant in World Superbikes so far in 2008.
“I feel ok, although my shoulder is still suffering the affects of my fall at Calafat," explains Camier. "I am looking forward to getting to Brands Hatch and although I have had limited testing time I am still feeling confident.
"On my last outing on the Ducati it was starting to feel more like my bike with a set up I was comfortable with. I believe that if my shoulder holds up I will be up there fighting for the top positions.”
Team manager Colin Wright is pleased with the way his riders have adapted to the new Ducati and also to the control Pirelli tyre that is new for all runners in the 2008 championship.
“We know that this year will be another highly competitive championship and we are all looking forward to getting underway this weekend," he said.
"It has been a long winter but we have been pleased with the progress Leon and Shane have made with the Ducati 1098R in testing. All of us at GSE Racing are looking forward to working together to regain the BSB title in 2008."