Leon Camier feels he and the Fixi Crescent Suzuki team is capable of reaching the top of the World Superbike podium this season, though he admits there is still work to be done to unlock the bike's full potential.
Currently in his second season riding the Crescent Racing-prepared GSX-R1000, Camier has shown flashes of front running pace since the beginning of the year, though his efforts have been hampered by a knee injury sustained in a dramatic crash at Aragon.
Now almost fully recovered, though he would miss out on a possible podium challenge at Donington Park when he crashed in both races having qualified fifth, Camier is nonetheless pleased to be challenging further up the field than he was at this time last year.
“We want to win races and podiums, but we have to take each race as it comes,” he told Crash.net
. “Given the position we were in at the start of last year and where we finished, if we can make the same kind of progress this year, I'd like to think wins are possible, but there is a lot of work to do.”
Indeed, though Camier concedes there is still progress to be made on the electronics, he feels the Suzuki has come a long way in twelve months.
“We have a lot more power. I know everyone else has improved, but we are definitely improving too. We have to keep improving the overall package, so we need to work on the electronics, get more power and smoother power.
“I don't know how much more there is to come. The basis is really good and the chassis – when everything is right – is really good. Engine-wise, I'm not sure how far the engine can go, but it's fine at most tracks, so it's more just improving what we have to be competitive.”
Having been forced to miss the Aragon round through injury, Camier is currently 11th in the overall standings.