|Camier on his way to setting the fastest time of the day
Photo: Crescent Suzuki
Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider Leon Camier maintained his scorching pre-season form at the first official World Superbike test at Philip Island today. In the searing Australian heat, he set a fastest time of 1.31.243 which is half a second under Max Biaggi’s lap record. Following a monster crash in last weeks test, the 26 year old used the morning to weigh up the Suzuki-GSXR. By the afternoon, he had completed 44 laps of the circuit and topped the timing sheets.
Similar to Camier his teammate Julez Cluzel had a steady start to the day, regaining confidence in himself and the machine after a crash in last weeks test left him needing an operation. The Frenchman completed 62 laps of the legendary circuit, and finished 12th on the timing sheets, just a second and a half behind his teammate.
Camier said “We needed to change some stuff after the bike had been re-built, so this morning there was no big hurry to push from the start. We changed the bike a bit in the lunch-break, because unfortunately it didn’t quite feel the same as it did before I smashed it up last week! The feeling came back and we also had to change quite a bit because of the heat, I did the same lap-time in the cooler conditions last week as I did in the heat today, so I think we did a pretty good job. It’s very close at the top, so it doesn’t really count for anything, because the race will be difficult and the other guys have got some time to perfect what they’ve got. We are in quite good shape at the moment, but we know there is still a lot to do for the rest of this week.”
Honda’s Leon Haslam finished just 0.5 seconds behind Camier, with Michel Fabrizio taking third position for the Red Devils Roma Aprilia team. Factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty wasn’t far behind with 1.31.452, and Marco Melandri rounded out the top five. Ducati rider Carlos Checa set the sixth fastest time, ahead of Davide Giugliano in seventh. Sylvain Guintoli finished just over 0.7 under Camier’s time ahead of his first season with Aprilia. Jonathon Rea wasn’t far behind Guintoli on his Honda, and Tom Sykes rounded out the top ten for Kawasaki Racing Team, setting a time of 1.32.061.
The top seven riders all went fastest than Max Biaggi’s lap record, showing us how competitive this years World Superbike championship is going to be.
The test continues tomorrow before the opening race of the season on Sunday. Times below:
1. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’31.243
2. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’31.396
3. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.401
4. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.452
5. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’31.485
6. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) Ducati Panigale 1199 1’31.523
7. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.701
8. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.966
9. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 1’31.980
10. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.061
11. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.077
12. Jamie Stauffer (Team Honda Racing) Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.231
13. Ivan Clementi (HTM Racing) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.789
14. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.817
15. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1’33.162
16. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati Panigale 1199 1’33.541
17. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.628
18. Glen Allerton (Next Gen Motorsports) BMW S1000 RR 1’34.009
19. Federico Sandi (Pedercini Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’34.094
20. Alexander Lundh (Pedercini Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’34.612