Crescent Suzuki new recruit Leon Camier had rocky start to his World Superbike testing schedule at Portimao, sacrificing the first day and a half to a front brake caliper problem before being able to post meaningful laptimes yesterday.
Camier and crew chief Frankie Carchedi also spent time getting used to the Motec electronics which neither have used before so it was a challenging time for the former British Superbike Champion. He eventually got to a second off fastest man Eugene Laverty's pace on race rubber but only after reverting to old electronic settings.
“Unfortunately we had a few issues throughout the test, which can easily happen with new parts and systems, but I must say I really like the initial feel of the bike. The first day was pretty much lost due to the front brake problem and we had some issues with the new electronics – so there is still a lot to try out still with the chassis to find the exactly right set-up for me," said Camier.
“But at least we now know what needs to be done and we can head in the right direction at the next test, where I hope to get a lot more time out on track to find my ideal setting and post some faster lap times.”