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Crescent Suzuki build towards debut year

22 December 2011

The festive period is upon us but there will be no let up in Crescent Suzuki's preparations for its maiden foray into the World Superbike Championship next year.

Team manager Jack Valentine revealed in his latest official blog that work is under way to prime the GSX-R1000 superbikes for the trip to Australia in February, where John Hopkins and Leon Camier will commence their title challenge in the Yoshimura-backed outfit.

“Normally at this time of the year, people are winding down their work, but here at Crescent Suzuki we're still flat-out,” said Valentine.

“Some parts have arrived and our team are busy getting the bikes ready to go to Australia next year. While that might seem a long way off, in reality the bikes have to be ready, crated up and shipped on February 6, so it's not that much time to get everything done.

“The first official test is on February 20, but we're going to take part in some private tests the week before, so that means we have to get everything ready for these tests as well as the official tests and then the race weekend itself.

“It's a matter of organisation and logistics, but we have a great bunch of guys and a lot of experience, so I'm sure we'll manage okay.”

Valentine is pleased with the progress of American star Hopkins, who is recovering from a finger injury, and feels the former MotoGP rider and British prospect Camier are the perfect fit for Crescent Suzuki's World Superbike assault.

“John was over recently and I'm happy to say that he looked good and his finger is coming along very well. He's got good movement in the joint to the hand and now he's working on getting the knuckle and first part of the finger to move as it should.

“His doctor seems happy with the progress and everything is on course okay for Australia. He is already very pumped up about next year and can't wait to get on the bike again.

“Leon tested the bike at Portimao recently so has begun the work already. He wants to fit the bike and has given us some ideas of the shape of the petrol tank so that he can tuck his knees in as much as possible.

“Our co-operation with Yoshimura has already started – they're working very hard and are as excited as we are about the season ahead. We are expecting two engines from them in mid-January and once we get them, we'll build the bikes, put them on our dyno and test them before shipping them to Australia.

“I'm really happy with how things are progressing. We've got the riders we want, the team we want and we're all looking forward to the challenge next year.”


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