News 27 Nov 2017

Optimistic Camier impresses in Red Bull Honda debut

Positive three days of testing for experienced British contender at Jerez.

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New Red Bull Honda signing Leon Camier quickly got up to speed aboard the CBR1000RR SP2 that he will ride in the 2018 Superbike World Championship.

The 31-year-old, who has transferred from MV Agusta for next season, posted a 1m39.333s for the fourth-fastest lap-time overall.

“I’m really, really happy with this three-day test,” Camier said. “I managed to get up to speed quite quickly and yesterday I was able to set decent lap-times on race tyres. Today it was more about understanding how the bike reacts to different changes – what works for me and what doesn’t.

“By the end of the day we had just about figured out how the bike needs to be set up and we also tried some new components. Overall I think we found a really good base from which to develop, but obviously we need to see how it will work on different tracks and over race distances. But it’s been a great start, nonetheless, and I’m delighted.”

On the opening day of action, Camier got a first taste of Honda’s Superbike entry with the bike in the specification used in Qatar for the 2017 season finale, in order for him to understand the character of the bike and make some small adjustments to improve riding position and comfort.

Camier and the crew then began making more drastic changes to the set-up of the Fireblade on day two, which helped him get up to speed, before the final day saw Camier evaluating some new items developed for the 2018 season, which included a new swing-arm and a differently reinforced chassis – both positively welcomed by the new rider.