Camier fastest despite huge fall

"The bike was absolutely totalled, so the boys have got a lot of work to do tonight!" - Leon Camier.
Picture by Paul Denning on Twitter (@Paul_Denning).

Leon Camier finished the unofficial WSBK test at Phillip Island on top of the timesheets - and with his Fixi Crescent Suzuki in the trees!

Camier's unofficial best lap-time on the newly resurfaced track was 1m 31.2s, half-of-a-second under the current record.

The Englishman set that time in the morning using a race tyre, then followed it up with a highly competitive race simulation, the only rider to complete such a run.

“The day started off really well and we got down to some good times. The bike felt really comfortable, we improved it a little bit chassis wise and the electronics are slowly getting better,” said Camier.

“We also did a race run, I was not really pushing it, but just trying to be comfortable and the keep the lap-times consistent. We can still improve the race pace and I think I can do a bit of that through my riding.”

Team manager Paul Denning added: “Leon tested alone today and was absolutely flying all day. The bike is working well, the 2013 engine which we've developed with Yoshimura is in a different league to what we had here last year, and the whole package appears to be properly competitive.

“Leon's 31.2 best lap was impressive, but more important for the team was the superb data we gathered from the race simulation run, in-which Leon kept the times all within the 32-second bracket. Phillip Island is so tough on rear tyres, so the consistency bodes well for the race weekend.”

Camier's huge accident occurred at the end of the day when he was pushing hard - and already 0.4-of-a-second under his best time.

Camier lost the front of his GSX-R1000 through the final corner, then looked on as the bike disappeared over the tyre wall, coming to rest in the trees that surround the circuit! Camier escaped unscathed.

“At the end of the day we had a massive crash when I was pushing for a really fast lap - I just got caught out by the wind. The bike was absolutely totalled, so the boys have got a lot of work to do tonight!” he said. “Hopefully we'll be back up to speed as soon as we get back on track on Monday.”

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Leon Camier on the Fixi Crescent Suzuki during testing at Phillip Island
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wynot - Unregistered

February 15, 2013 11:38 AM

i really hopeand by the looks of it (i know its only testing) suzuki have finally got this bike competite although i still worry whn it comes to the really fast circuits with long straight it wont be able to compete with the aprillia,bmw and kwak id like to see them up there as i think camier has the talent to put a real challenge to the title, its been longer than i thought but hopefully now he can really push on the key is not stitching himself upby crashing iin qalifying and leaving him self far back on the grid cos sykes will be away and gone in quite a few races i fell

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