Camier excited by Suzuki potential

Leon Camier shrugs off a disappointment aboard debut the Crescent Fixi Suzuki by claiming it has the potential to be a contender this year.
Leon Camier feels he has a bike capable of winning World Superbike races this season, but says an improvement from the engine of his Suzuki GSX-R1000 will be required in order to fulfil its potential.

Having qualified a strong sixth on his debut for Crescent Fixi Suzuki, Camier suffered a disappointing race day when he was nudged off the track by Davide Giugliano in race one, which dropped him from eighth to an eventual 17th position, before a poor start in race two prevented him from finishing higher than 12th.

Nonetheless, despite the unfavourable results, Camier was pleased with his team and the bike and even went as far to suggest it has the potential to be a victory contender in 2012.

However, with Camier coming through the speed traps 15kph down on the Aprilia, the British rider has urged technical partners Yoshimura to extricate more power from the engine in time for Imola.

"I wanted better results but we've gathered masses of information in the team's first-ever WSBK race and I'm positive that we'll see a big improvement in Imola,” he said. “I can't tell you how happy I am with the GSX-R's chassis - for me it has the potential to win races. The bike brakes really well, is stable in mid-corner; and I'm perfectly happy with its character. If we can get a bit more power, we'll be contenders for sure.

“In race one, I got pushed off the track by Giugliano and lost ground. I started chasing back to catch up, but as the race went on the tyre wore out completely and I couldn't push any harder.

"In the second race, I got hemmed-in going into turn one, lost ground and was 14th at the end of lap one. I was able to pass a lot of people on the brakes, but lost out on acceleration and top speed and again the way I had to ride to compensate destroyed the tyre at the end. It was a tough day but the potential is huge."

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Camier, Race 1, Australian WSBK 2012
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SUZOOK - Unregistered

February 27, 2012 8:44 AM

Here is living proof that a pukka factory machine will always have an advantage over the rest. Gixxers have a reputation for having a great turn of speed but have fallen down the pecking order because of Suzuki's decision to withdraw their backing. Its not that long ago when the GSX-R1000 held the top speed record at the fastest track of them all, the cathedral of speed, Monza.Max Neukirchner clocked 326kph in 2009 before his career wrecking injury at the same track.Haslam & Fabrizio managed to reach 329kph there in 2010 and 2011 with no factory support which says much about the bike's ability to "hit the high notes." Camier's highest speed at P.I was 315kph whilst Biaggi's Aprilia recorded a top whack of 325kph.Yoshi needs to come to the party. I'm sure they will squeeze more power out of their motors to be competitive.


February 27, 2012 12:42 PM

@ Cameir and Went Have you EVER even been near an RSV4??? The thing is tinier than my ZX-6R! Camier is more than half a foot taller than Biaggi. And never mind the fact some bikes just DON'T suit some riders... End of story. It's not like they're all the same. And this was the bike's first outing! Give the guy a break! He was in 8th before Giuglino rammed him off track... Besides. He had 4 podiums on the Prilla. NOT amazing, but NOT nothing.

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