Leon Camier has revealed he doesn't consider his Aprilia RSV-4 to be 'substantially better' than it was at the start of the season, even if he does admit he is seeking perfection at a time when the team have already been 'blown away' by the performance in his rookie season.
Camier heads to the latest round of the World Superbike Championship as one of seven full-time British riders looking to get on the podium at Silverstone.
As one of two British rookies on the grid this year, Camier has impressed with his run to the podium on two occasions at Assen and Miller Motorsports Park – two venues he has never visited before.
Despite this, Camier claims these results have come despite the fact he doesn't believe his bike has made too much progress since the opening round in Australia.
“We're definitely capable of getting on to the podium at least once this weekend, that'll be my aim but I know there's six other Brits all wanting to make the home crowd proud! The bike still isn't doing exactly what I need it to and we haven't seen it get substantially better since I first jumped on it.
“To be honest, I don't think it's going to be something we can solve in the near future but we've seen that even when the odds are stacked against us we can be up there and that's what I need to focus on.”
“The weekends where I've finished on the podium things have clicked straight away and we've managed to make our way up the timesheets every session. But the other weekends have thrown at us one problem after another, whether it be a technical issue, a set-up problem, or me pushing too hard and making a mistake.”
Still, Camier confesses that he has set himself lofty targets for the year and can occasionally 'miss' some of the achievements that his team and onlookers have perceived as somewhat more remarkable.
“I'm the type of person who focuses on where things need to improve and can sometimes miss what have actually been quite big achievements for someone in my position, but the team have picked up on all the positives of my performances this year and have been really vocal on how pleased they've been.