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Camier expects to lose out on top end speed

22 August 2012

FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier is worried his GSX-R1000 could lose out on the huge main straight at this weekend's World Superbike meeting in Russia.

The British rider was 12th fastest in this morning's opening test at the Moscow International Raceway, which was held to give riders a chance to familiarise themselves with the circuit.

The main straight is 1km long and Camier feels his Suzuki is down on top end speed compared to many of his rivals.

“The only thing that concerns me about the track in Moscow is the very long straight - as our bike has not got the same top speed as some of our competitors,” he said.

“Hopefully, we'll get the bike dialled in pretty quickly and qualify well - as we did in the last round and hopefully the weather will be kinder to us as well.

“It's a new track for all of us, so learning it is going to be the first priority,” added Camier, who is currently 16th in the championship standings.

“As it is new for everybody, nobody will have any previous data or info, so we will not be at a disadvantage from the start - as we have been at other circuits.

“Recently, our FIXI Crescent Suzuki has improved a lot - thanks to the hard work of the whole team - and John [Hopkins] and I have been enjoying riding the bike a lot more.”

This weekend's 11th round of the series is the first time Russia has hosted the World Superbike Championship.

The Moscow International Raceway is located around 100km from Moscow and was built at a cost of €130m.


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