|Camier was on the pace at Monza, despite injury
Photo: Fixi Crescent Suzuki
Fixi Crescent Suzuki riders Jules Cluzel and Leon Camier are readying themselves for round 5 of the World Superbike Championship this weekend at Donington Park. The pressure will be a little more intense for the riders given that it’s the home race for Camier, along with the team and title sponsor being UK based.
The team had mixed fortunes last time out at Monza, Camier was still not quite fully fit but managed to pull off some heroic performances with 7th and 9th place on race day; whilst team-mate Cluzel didn’t have as much success as he ended the weekend minus a finger nail from a 90-100mph crash on the second lap of race two.
Camier is looking to be fully fit by the time Friday’s free practice comes around. The Englishman has been working tirelessly to regain strength and stamina in his knee, following the horrific crash he suffered in Aragon just over a month ago. “I am really looking forward to Donington Park, it’s great to race at home and I’m sure we’ll have a big crowd there to cheer us on. I have been working hard to get fully fit and now hope my injuries allow me to push to 100% and get the FIXI Crescent Suzuki up to where we need to be. The GSX-R’s engine performance has improved massively, we now need to focus on getting out of the slow corners cleanly and putting the power to the ground! Donington is one of those tracks where outright speed is not a necessity, so that should be an advantage to us.”
This will be Jules Cluzel’s second visit to Donington Park with the World Superbike circus, which last year saw the Frenchman get pole and a well fought podium in the Supersport class. Providing he is fully fit from his incident at Monza, he is feeling positive about his potential for the races on Sunday. “Donington is a really important race for the whole team, it is a totally English squad, with the exception of me and another guy – so I guess I will need to be a ‘Rosbif’ for the weekend! My finger is still quite sore and if I put gloves on, it is painful, but it is only a finger and it won’t stop me from riding. I was really disappointed after Monza, because I think we had the chance of a good result in both races, but some bad luck and I think an unfair decision for the ride-through cost us. We have to put that behind us now and start working hard again at Donington, it is a track I really like and one that I went very well at last season. I know some of the guys have huge knowledge of the place – including Leon – so it won’t be easy, but I will try to learn as quickly as possible and hopefully give all our sponsors and fans something to cheer about on Sunday.”