Leon Camier is quietly confident he can gain ground during the races at Phillip Island after admitting to not being 'bowled over' by his run to the third row in Superpole.
Though seventh represents a strong result when compared with his qualifying results on the Fixi Crescent Suzuki in 2012, Camier's impressive pre-season form had nonetheless hinted at a possible challenge for the front row.
Losing time in the critical final sector, Camier feels he has a better bike than Superpole suggests and is hoping a race environment will help recover the time he is losing on the run into the home straight.
"I'm not really bowled over with the result in qualifying, but I think our race-pace is a little bit better than seventh,” he said. “It's going to be a really hard race tomorrow though, no matter what, because there are a lot of people that can do very good race times.
“We need to improve in the final sector and get dragged down the straight by the fastest bikes, if we can do that the job will be a little easier. I'll be hoping to get a strong start tomorrow, the third row means that a good start is even more crucial, so to have a decent race I need to get off the line well, be quite clever on the tactics and hopefully have the pace at the end of the race to do well."
With Crescent taking engine development in-house over the winter, Camier is proving more competitive through the speed traps with a best speed of 309kph (311kph produced by team-mate Jules Cluzel), though this remains slightly down on the best produced by Aprilia (322kph), BMW (319kph), Honda (313kph) and Kawasaki (312kph) this weekend so far. Ducati's top speed is 308kph.