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Camier plays down strong testing pace
18 February 2013
Leon Camier says he won't read too much into his headline-grabbing performance during first day of World Superbike testing at Phillip Island, the Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider topping the timesheets.
Camier has endured an eventful week since arriving in Australia, the Briton setting the pace in 'unofficial' testing last week before proceeding to heavily damage his Suzuki GSX-R1000 in a spectacular shunt in the same session.
Nonetheless, Camier was straight back to form on the rebuilt machine as official testing got underway, the 2009 British Superbike Champion leaping to the head of the timesheets with five minutes to go thanks to a rapid 1min 31.243secs lap.
Backing it up with another 1min 31.3secs lap straight afterwards, Camier was almost two tenths quicker than second place Leon Haslam on the Pata Honda. Even so, though Camier was pleased with his immediate pace – particularly in comparison to last season -, but feels his rivals have more to come too.
“We needed to change some stuff after the bike had been re-built, so this morning was there no big hurry to push from the start. We changed the bike a bit in the lunch-break, because unfortunately it didn't quite feel the same as it did before I smashed it up last week!
“The feeling came back and we also had to change quite a bit because of the heat, I did the same lap-time in the cooler conditions last week as I did in the heat today, so I think we did a pretty good job.
“It's very close at the top, so it doesn't really count for anything, because the race will be difficult and the other guys have got some time to perfect what they've got. We are in quite good shape at the moment, but we know there is still a lot to do for the rest of this week.”
Camier scored just a single podium on the way to 14th overall during his first Fixi Crescent Suzuki campaign in 2012.
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