|Denning believes Camier is key to Suzuki success in 2013
Paul Denning has referred to Leon Camier as the most under-rated rider in World Superbike and claims he is a huge talent with winning potential – something that PaddockChatter has said before. Praising Camier, Denning claims that the most important step towards the 2013 season was Camier committing to Crescent Fixi Suzuki and the GSXR1000.
Camier joined Crescent Fixi Suzuki for 2012 after two difficult seasons as Max Biaggi’s team mate at Aprilia. Camier stepped into the role of the teams main rider when Hopkins was hampered with injury for the majority of 2012. It was clear 2012 was a development year for WSBK rookies Crescent and their GSXR1000 and this development was visible – Camier improving throughout the season to the point he was able to challenge for podiums and finally get on the rostrum in Germany.
Throughout the off season, the team have focused on improving the issues highlighted by Camier during 2012, such as top speed – a new engine being introduced at last week’s test in Jerez.
Denning said on the tests: “The recent tests in Spain were used more as a shakedown to establish that everything was working as it should. Also the weather was not very good – we only managed two days of good weather out of the four – so it was never about chasing fast lap-times. Having said that, Leon rode really well in all conditions and we were pleasantly surprised to be extremely close to the front runners, considering that they had had far more track time leading up to these tests. The performance of the bike is about where we planned it to be and we will now use the next tests in Phillip Island to move things on a bit further.”
Camier is joined for 2013 by Frenchman Jules Cluzel, who Denning claims the team are lucky to have secured to replace Hopkins, who is taking a sabbatical.
Crescent will next be on track will be at the pre-season test at Phillip Island in the weeks prior to the event which is to be held at the Australian circuit 22-24 Feburary.