WSB: Camier "Not as comfortable as in testing"

He looks quite fast…

Fixi Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier continues to fly at the season opener in Australia, securing the fourth spot in the opening qualifying session of the season.

After showing stunning pre-season form and topping the timing sheets in the testing last week, Camier has shown his face pace is not to be messed with as he finished fourth in the first qualifying practice today.

Leon and his GSX-R put in a time of 1.31.608, which is just 0.3 seconds off Fabrizio’s time in first.

 Camier said “I never felt quite as comfortable out there today as I did in the tests, the conditions had changed quite a bit – the wind was in a different direction and it was a bit hotter. I struggled to get in one quick lap, but the quickest one that I did achieve I managed to do three or four of them in a row. If I could have put together a perfect lap I’m sure I could have been right up there and a good step quicker. All-in-all it’s not too bad, but with the change of conditions again it has altered the way the bike works and feels, so we’ve got to be really understanding of that come race-day. Also for one lap we need to understand exactly what we need to do for the conditions and how to manage it to get a good lap and grid position for Sunday.”


Teammate Jules Cluzel made a steady start to his 2013 campaign, securing the 18th fastest time in the session.

Cluzel struggled today

Cluzel is slowly gaining confidence after three big crashes he had in the pre-season tests, and is hopeful he can make it into the ever competitive Superpole tomorrow. The Frenchman’s time of 1.32.801 isn’t too far off fastest man Fabrizio’s time of 1.31.317 and he hopes to improve as the weekend goes on.

Jules said “I’m not so happy, because I am lower than where I wanted to be after first qualifying and we also lost a bit of time at the end due to a technical issue. We now have only tomorrow morning to try to improve things and get in the top-15 for Superpole. It would be a good experience for me to be in Superpole, because I have never tried a qualifying tyre, so I am looking to do this. We lost something during the crash the other day, because my best lap time today was not as fast as the one I did on my second exit during the first day of the test, but we have time tomorrow to improve and make sure we’re ready for the first races of the year.”
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