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‘Steady’ Camier ready for new season
19 February 2013
Leon Camier says he was not interested in setting another attention-grabbing lap time during the second and final day of World Superbike testing at Phillip Island, claiming he is satisfied with his overall pace ahead of the opening round.
Camier has been in impressive form since testing got underway at the Australian circuit last week, the British rider causing a stir by taking his Fixi Crescent Suzuki to the top of the official timesheets on day one.
However, the cooler temperatures of day two would prompt a more conservative approach for Camier, who merely spent the day 'confirming a few things'.
"I just kept things really steady today to be honest,” he said. “This morning was drizzling, so we didn't even make a lap and this afternoon we just had a few small things to try. We tested the harder tyres to see how long they would last and which would be the best tyre to run, if it is colder on race-day.
“We just cruised around really and didn't try to go for any lap-times this afternoon, it was all about confirming a few things and making sure the bike's feeling was right."
Camier's views were reflected by team manager Paul Denning, who is confident that his rider will be a front runner from the off this weekend.
"On Leon's side today was a little bit meaningless, because we just had some checks to run through this afternoon and confirm which rear tyre is most suited to the colder temperature. Leon didn't push hard at all and we're very comfortable that the pace shown in the unofficial test and yesterday is where we're at, which is right up with the fastest guys.
“Leon and his crew are now looking forward to the motivation of the race weekend and getting right back to the sharp end on Friday.”
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