Camier on top at Philip Island & under lap record

Little did Camier know, he’d be throwing it into the
trees later.

Photo: Crescent Suzuki

Fixi Crescent Suzuki man Leon Camier topped the timing sheets on the second and final day of the test at Australia’s Philip Island. Camier’s fastest time was half a second under the previous lap record of 1.31’7 showing serious improvements from the Crescent Suzuki squad for 2013. Camier also underwent an “impressive” race simulation later in the afternoon, however later was pushing hard and was 0.4 under his fastest time when he launched his GSXR1000 into some trees at 140mph (see pics below).

It was an expensive weekend for the Crescent Suzuki team, Camier highsided yesterday morning and team mate Cluzel crashed twice, re-opening an old wound meaning he did not ride today. However, I can see them not being too bothered by the crash damage, at this point last year the picture was very different.

Camier said: “The day started off really well and we got down to some good times. The bike felt really comfortable, we improved it a little bit chassis wise and the electronics are slowly getting better. We also did a race run, I was not really pushing it, but just trying to be comfortable and the keep the lap-times consistent. We can still improve the race pace and I think I can do a bit of that through my riding. At the end of the day we had a massive crash when I was pushing for a really fast lap – I just got caught out by the wind. The bike was absolutely totalled, so the boys have got a lot of work to do tonight! Hopefully we’ll be back up to speed as soon as we get back on track on Monday.”

Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli, Honda’s Jonathan Rea and BMW’s Marco Melandri also went faster than the lap record set by Biaggi. Fabrizio rounded out the top five with Haslam in 6th, Giugliano in 7th with Laverty, Davies and Badovini who also fell today rounding out the top ten. Neukirchner was last and 11th. Also not riding today was Tom Sykes, Loris Baz and Carlos Checa. 

The official test begins Monday. Times below (unofficial)

Ouch. Fortunately, Camier was OK.

Photo: Paul Denning
1 Leon Camier Suzuki 1.31.2
2 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia 1.31.3
3 Jonathan Rea  Honda 1’31.4
4 Marco Melandri  BMW 1.31.6
5 Michel Fabrizio  Aprilia 1.31.7
6 Leon Haslam Honda 1.31.8
7 Davide Guigliano  Aprilia 1.31.9
8 Eugene Laverty  Aprilia 1.32.1
9 Chaz Davies BMW 1.32.1
10 Ayrton Badovini  Ducati 1.32.2

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