Leon Camier continued to make good headway on the Fixi Crescent Suzuki during the World Superbike test at Jerez, despite conceding his riding was at times 'useless'.
Camier left this week's test in Spain having notched the fourth quickest lap.
The British rider's best time of 1m 41.184s was less than half-a-second off Marco Melandri's fastest lap on the Goldbet BMW.
He put the new-spec Yoshimura-powered engine through its paces and also tested updated electronics software and the 17-inch wheels introduced for WSBK in 2013.
“To be honest I am quite happy with the way everything has gone at the test. We had both a wet and dry day, so we were able to try lots of different things,” said Camier.
“The one thing I would say though is that I was riding a bit useless at times and that did have an effect on the overall lap times.
“I know that it's achievable to be up there with the front guys and due to the fact that we have only had half-of-a-day's dry time here at Jerez and some of the riders in front of me were here for three days late last year, then I am very positive about the performance.”
Camier's teammate, series rookie Jules Cluzel, lost valuable track time due to a minor spill, but set the ninth fastest lap in a time of 1m 42.635s.
“It has been a really good test in both the wet and dry conditions,” said the French prospect.
“At the end of the test I was able to push on a bit and understand more how the Fixi Crescent Suzuki behaves.
“I have learned a lot of things, but know there is more to come and I look forward to Phillip Island and doing some more long runs.”