Leon Camier, the sole remaining full-time Crescent Fixi Suzuki World Superbike rider after a hand injury for John Hopkins, used this week's unofficial Phillip Island test to make the transition to the team's 2012 spec GSX-R1000.
“Leon started with the 2011 suspension and the bike from Portimao and then we gradually introduced new parts. By day three, he was running two 2012 spec bikes and looking pretty comfortable,” said team manager Jack Valentine.
Former BSB champion and Aprilia WSBK rider Camier finished the test eleventh out of the 18 riders present.
“We started these tests with the same bike we used in the Portimao tests last November and then flipped between the 2011 and 2012 bikes on day two,” said Camier.
“We had a few electrical issues on the second day, but resolved them in time for the last day, which was the first time we've been able to make many changes we wanted to do and I'm happy because we were able to progress a lot.
“There's definitely room for improvement and that is very encouraging. I feel comfortable on the bike and I like the character of the engine a lot.
“The track temperature has been very hot at times and that affects how the tyres work. This place is all about grip and trying to manage your tyres in a race. You've got to have a good bike set up here if you want to lap fast.
“Generally I am pretty happy. I think we're improving and, for me, the big positive is that I have been able to put in good lap times today and that makes me look forward to the official tests next Monday and Tuesday.”
Camier will be joined by supersub Josh Brookes for the official test and, barring a miracle recovery for Hopkins, the season-opening race weekend.