Crescent Fixi Suzuki riders Leon Camier and John Hopkins will have a new spec Yoshimura engine to try at this weekend's third round, at Assen.

A best race result of eighth so far - by Camier in race two at Imola - increased engine performance has been one of the main priorities to move the British-based squad into the top six.

Camier made his debut with the new engine at the Imola post-race test, and lapped one-second faster than during the race weekend.

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"The Imola test was a big step forward to getting to a more competitive level," said team manager Jack Valentine. "The Yoshimura guys put in a huge effort to get the new engine spec ready for Leon to try at the test and that has allowed us to go up another level."

As well as the engine boost, Camier is a fan of the Assen layout, where he finished fourth in race two for Aprilia last year.

"I'm definitely looking forward to Assen. It's a track I've always enjoyed riding and I've gone good there in the past," he said. "Last year I got the fastest lap and was only about a tenth off the lap record. It'll be interesting to see how we get on at Assen and how we shape up next to everyone.

"At the test we had in Imola, after the last round, we made some progress for sure and made some steps towards where we need to be. Going third fastest was a real boost for everyone, but we know the real test is to see how we end up in the races come Sunday.

"We all know there's a lot of work ahead, but the vibe amongst us is good and I'm sure the bigger steps will come. I just want to say thanks to all the Suzuki fans for sticking with us at the moment. The support has been fantastic, and trust us, we're pushing!"

The Assen WSBK weekend begins on Friday.