Leon Camier fears he could be in for a tough time at this weekend's Monza round of the World Superbike Championship.

The Englishman's Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000 appears to lack raw power relative to the quickest four-cylinders and - with top speeds likely to top 320 kph - Camier could be left vulnerable on the Monza straights.

However he believes corner speed and smart slipstreaming will allow him to come away with some 'good results'.

"Monza is going to be a tough one for sure," said the Crescent Fixi Suzuki rider, who has scored 14 points from the opening three rounds. "The track is all about speed, but you also have to understand the corners as well.

"It's a place where slipstreaming is very important and it is possible to be fourth going into Ascari and still win the race. For that you need to be in front going into the Parabolica because the finish line is much nearer to the last corner than it used to be.

"Last year I was faster than my team-mate [Biaggi] in the second race, but a crash ruined everything.

"Because of the changing weather conditions in the last round, we didn't get a chance to try as many things as we would've liked, so we'll use the first practice as a kind of test session.

"I am looking forward to Monza and would like three days of dry weather so we can get all our work done at the beginning. If we do that, I feel positive we can come away with good results."

Team-mate John Hopkins will be making his Monza debut this weekend, when the Anglo-American expects further strength from his healing hand.

"Funnily enough, I have never ridden at Monza before, so I will have to start the weekend learning the track" he said. "Normally I am a quick learner and, because I have watched a lot of TV footage of the track, I don't see any big problems. Apart from the chicanes, it looks pretty straightforward. As long as it's dry, I reckon I can get it dialled in pretty easily.

"After the last race, I had absolutely no problems with my hand at all. Since then, I've been mountain biking and doing some motocross and the hand has been good. I felt very comfortable on the Crescent Fixi Suzuki in Assen and was just happy to be out there riding and getting to know the bike better.

"Now I'm looking forward to Monza and getting my best results of the season so far."


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