Leon Camier has set himself modest initial targets ahead of his first full World Superbike Championship season, but maintains he wants to be challenging for race wins towards the end of the year.
After two promising outings on the RSV-4 towards the end of the 2009 season, the record-breaking British Superbike Champion has been signed to do a full season with the Italian manufacturer alongside Max Biaggi.
One of six British riders to be competing on factory machinery in 2010, although Camier is confident the decision to join Aprilia should ensure he is competitive on the international stage, his first requirement is to understand the bike and develop through the season.
Indeed, Camier says the opportunity to join a project that has so much untapped potential was a big draw for him and he is proud to be involved.
“Being a part of this team is an incredible opportunity for me,” he said at the launch of Aprilia's 2010 World Superbike campaign. “This championship will be very tough, with extremely high levels of competitiveness.
“I'll be racing against some outstanding, highly experienced riders. This is why it is so important to be in a team like Aprilia Alitalia, one of the very few that offer a rider extraordinary opportunities in terms of developing the bike.
“My first impressions of the RSV4 were phenomenal: it has enormous potential and is a very quick bike. Now, I must first get as much experience as possible to fully exploit the potential that Aprilia puts in the hands of the rider. It is a great challenge for me to learn how to develop a bike and make it better.
“Everyone wants to win and everyone sets off from the grid to win, but my first goal will be to understand the bike and constantly improve my performance. I think that we have already found the right direction for the development of the bike, our goal now is to continue in this direction and to improve together with the bike.”