Leon Camier says he’s pleasantly surprised by the immediate feeling he had with the Red Bull Honda during the Jerez post-season test and can target the front-runners if the team solves its electronics issue which blighted its 2017 World Superbike campaign.

The British rider has switched from MV Agusta to the factory-supported Honda squad in WSBK for 2018 and relished his maiden outing on the new Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2 at Jerez with eye-catching lap times which were quicker than any other Honda rider when the Spanish circuit hosted the series earlier this year.

While Camier’s initial experience with the new Honda was largely positive he echoed previous complaints about the bike’s power deliver linked to its electronics set-up. Camier found himself constantly demanding more power from the bike restrained by its 2017 electronics package and is anticipating steps forward when the team switches to Magneti Marelli next year.

“I feel to get it to where Jonny and the Kawasaki is won’t be easy, but why not?” Camier said. “The first two days we were a tenth and a bit off Marco and in the same tenth as Lowes so I’m pretty happy to be honest as I expected to be further back than where we are.

“I feel we’ve got it is interesting, but we’ll see where the limit is because they need to give me what I want, which isn’t easy. My feeling at the minute is it’s not so much engine, I could be wrong, but my impression is the electronics. If we can get the electronics doing what I want, and if we put Magneti Marelli on it and it’s exactly the same then you go okay perhaps it is the engine. We’ll see, I’ve been wrong before.”

Camier also explained how he was asking his engineers to open up the electronics to give him a stronger power delivery at Jerez, more than any of the previous riders to race the Fireblade in WSBK-spec, and believes once he reaches the limit he can work with the team to refine the package.

“The biggest thing that’s happened is working on the power delivery,” he explained. “It has been the biggest thing I keep changing and they can’t believe how aggressive I’ve got the thing compared to everyone else who has ridden it but I want more. I still feel we’re not there with it yet.

“It is not in my hand enough, once it is everywhere I want in my hand and I’m not asking for more power then we can start making it easier to ride. There are still a lot of places where I can go straight to full with it. It is not at its limit yet.”



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