Fixi Suzuki's Leon Camier has said that more power is required from his Yoshimura-prepared engines in order to turn his Crescent Racing GSX-R1000s into contenders - a fact borne out by the speed trap figures where the Alderran resident was ten km/h slower than Max Biaggi.
Camier pulled a sixth place out of the bag in qualifying but couldn't turn it into a big points haul, finishing the meeting with just four points after being nerfed onto the grass by an errant Davide Guigliano in race one and then destroyed his rear tyre in the second outing to compensate for the lack of outright pace.
"I wanted better resultsbut we've gathered masses of information in the team's first-ever WSBK race and I'm positive that we'll see a big improvement in Imola. I can't tell you how happy I am with the GSX-R's chassis - for me it has the potential to win races. The bike brakes really well, is stable in mid-corner; and I'm perfectly happy with its character," said the former British Superbike Champion.
"If we can get a bit more power, we'll be contenders for sure. In race one, I got pushed off the track by Giugliano and lost ground. I started chasing back to catch up, but as the race went on the tyre wore out completely and I couldn't push any harder.
"In the second race, I got hemmed-in going into turn one, lost ground and was 14th at the end of lap one. I was able to pass a lot of people on the brakes, but lost out on acceleration and top speed and again the way I had to ride to compensate destroyed the tyre at the end. This was a tough day but the potential is huge."