Leon Camier is feeling positive ahead of the new World Superbike season after making substantial progress over two days of testing at Phillip Island.
Camier was making his first appearance around the Australian circuit ahead of the opening round at the same venue later this week, the Briton admitting to finding it initially difficult to perfect a quick lap.
However, despite languishing down in 20th on the aggregate timesheets at the end of the first day, he made big gains during the second day of testing, slicing more than a second off his best time to jump into the top ten.
Ending the test less than two tenths slower than Aprilia team-mate Max Biaggi, Camier was pleased to end the test as the top World Superbike rookie.
"I spent a bit of time on Sunday getting to know the track and familiarising myself with the bike again,” he said. “It hasn't been too much of a problem memorising the circuit, but it's a tough one to ride fast straight away.
“On Monday we tried a lot of tyres and a lot of other material and I started to feel more comfortable. We've still got a long way to go and a lot of things we want to try, but I'm really pleased with how we've progressed so far and the direction the team is working in.
“I've said before that I don't expect to be challenging for wins straight away but I know what I need to do to keep improving.”