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Team Crescent Fixi Suzuki upbeat ahead of round one

Team Crescent Fixi Suzuki ended the first official tests of the year in an upbeat mood and are now looking forward to the upcoming race weekend at Phillip Island. Leon Camier ended eighth fastest over the two days, just three tenths of a second behind Tom Sykes, and is happy with the progress he and the team have made during the tests. Josh Brookes, standing in for the injured John Hopkins, continued to work on his understanding of the Crescent Fixi GSXR and is looking forward to further improvement at the start of this weekend’s race.

Leon Camier - 129 laps, best 1:32.320
Generally I am pretty happy because we’ve tried a lot of different things and made a lot of progress during these tests. We’ve collected a lot of data and we’ll analyse this over the next day or so to get ready for the race weekend. At the moment, I’m just missing out a little in just one sector of the track and if we can sort this out, I know I can lap quite a bit quicker.

The track is always very hard on tyres, but this year it is much bumpier than ever before and that is causing a few problems. Nevertheless, I’m very happy with my lap times because I have gone half a second quicker than ever before here. Considering that this is a new bike for me and a new team, I think that’s a pretty good start and very encouraging for the future. I feel very comfortable on the bike. It is very rider friendly and doesn’t do anything crazy. I’m going to have a couple of days off now, but I’m already really looking forward to Friday and the first practice.

Josh Brookes - 112 laps, best 1:33.623
I am disappointed not to be further up the order, but I guess that’s only to be expected when you consider that today was only my third day on the bike and my third day with the team. I always knew that jumping on this bike wasn’t going to be easy and that’s the way it has been. We’ve progressed for sure, but I would’ve liked more progress, more quickly. These tests have been mentally draining, because there’s so much to take in, and I want to thank the whole Crescent Fixi Suzuki crew for all their hard work and patience.

I’m a little sore from my crash yesterday, when I hit my hip quite hard and opened up an old scar. I had four stitches, but I can honestly say that the crash has had no effect on my riding today. At the moment my biggest problem are the bumps and so we’ve being doing a lot of work to get the GSXR to absorb the bumps and stay stable. Once we’ve done that, I’ll be able to go a lot faster for sure.

Jack Valentine - Team Manager
I am pretty content overall. It’s been a pretty tough test for us all, but we knew beforehand that it wouldn’t be easy. I am reasonably happy with what we’ve achieved, but would’ve been even happier if we had sorted out Leon’s third sector because that would’ve pushed him quite a bit further up the standings. We’ll look at all the data and try and sort it out in Friday’s practice sessions. Leon’s happy on the bike and it shows. Josh is definitely improving every time out and although there’s still work to be done I am confident that he can do it. The weekend ahead is going to be tough, but I’d be more than happy with some solid performances and some top six finishes.

Overall best lap times:
1 Sykes 1:31.648, 2 Checa 1:31.652, 3 Smrz 1:31.800, 4 Rea 1:31.913, 5 Biaggi 1:32.034, 8 Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) 1:32.320, 21 Josh Brookes (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) 1:33.623