Camier fastest despite huge fall

Rookie team-mate Jules Cluzel was absent following a big crash on the opening day, which led to him being admitted to hospital in Melbourne for a small operation to repair damage to his left elbow.

The procedure has been a successful one and Cluzel plans to re-join the team this evening and be back on-track for the two-day test that starts on Monday.

“The high speed of the Phillip Island track, combined with the new high-grip but more unpredictable surface has caught out a lot of riders over these two-days and with two crashes each for our guys, we were very much involved in the carnage!” said Denning.

“Jules was operated on by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Weymouth today and he'll be able to ride – even if he is a little bit restricted in his movement – in the Official Test on Monday.

“As a rookie to the Superbike class it's not good to lose a full day of testing, but he showed huge speed – maybe a bit too much speed – yesterday and we will approach the test next week very calmly and in a step-by-step manner to re-build his confidence.

“We all have to make sure that we remember that the championship is 15-rounds long and it doesn't all hinge on what Jules does here at Phillip Island next weekend.”

Aprilia's Sylvain Guintoli was credited with the second fastest unofficial Friday lap, just 0.1s from Camier, with Honda's Jonathan Rea a further tenth behind in third.

As well as Camier's spectacular 'off', an expensive day at Phillip Island saw Aryton Badovini's Alstare Ducati's suffer extensive fire damage after a fall.

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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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