Leon Camier is focusing on both the physical and mechanical as he heads into his all-important second season in the World Superbike Championship.
The former BSB champion took three podiums during an injury-shortened debut season for the factory Aprilia WSBK team, in a year that saw team-mate Max Biaggi win the title, and is pushing himself hard to make a bigger impact in 2011.
“Obviously last season didn't finish particularly great for me. After the podium places and the really good race pace we showed, I felt I could have finished the season on a high, but of course that's easy for me to say now!” said Camier.
“But rather than dwelling on what happened, it's just made me hungrier this year.
“I've been completely focused on my training and it's been going really well. To be able to train alongside the likes of [professional road cyclists] Tom Boonen, Stuart 'Grady and Richie Porte, and to be able to hold my own has been great. Then back home in Andorra I've continued with altitude training in the mountains, running and gym work.”
Camier will take to the track for a crucial pre-season test, against all his main rivals bar the factory BMW team, at Portimao from Wednesday to Friday.
The Englishman feels he already has a solid foundation in terms of RSV4 set-up, so is looking for confirmation and fine tuning in Portugal.
“We made some good progress at the last test in Australia, so I want to work through some things just to confirm that what we found is the correct way to go. I don't think we need to try anything big or completely new, just fine-tune where we are at the moment,” he said.
“I think people know by now that I don't make predictions on how the next session will go, let alone the next race or the season. You've got some of the world's best riders all ready to fight it out and I know that absolutely anything can happen so we'll just have to wait and see.
“All I know is that I'm as hungry as I have ever been, and I have done everything I can this winter to be ready; now I'm totally 100% focussed on the season ahead.”