Camier betters Imola WSB lap record
Leon Camier broke the Imola World Superbike lap record today and was the third-fastest rider on track during the Crescent FIXI Suzuki team's test using a new Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000 engine.
Following on from yesterday's second round of the World Superbike Championship at the Italian circuit, Camier completed 57 laps and finished more than half-a-second under the lap record and a full second quicker than his best lap of the race weekend.
Team mate John Hopkins put in fewer laps due to discomfort from his arm - an injury he sustained in testing for the opening round at Phillip Island in February - but he came away from the session positive after trying several new suspension settings and his next goal set for the third round of the series at Assen later this month.
Leon Camier - 57 laps - 1:47.238:
John Hopkins - 11 laps - 1:50.378:
Jack Valentine - Team Manager:
"John didn't do many laps, but those he did were very productive and positive. He evaluated a new set of forks, which he said gave him more feel and were also more stable. We gave him the afternoon off because there was no point putting his arm under further stress. He's got time to improve his condition now before going to Assen, where I'm sure that he will be a force again.
"The new-spec engine from Yoshimura has given the GSX-R1000 better acceleration and that, together with the improvements in the electronics, have made us all feel very satisfied indeed. Of course, there's still more work to be done but, after today's performance, we all feel very motivated and excited about the rest of the season.
"On a different note, the Crescent Fixi Suzuki team would all like to send our thoughts and best wishes to the family and friends of Joan Lascorz. We all hope he makes a full recovery after his heavy crash today."
Imola Test Results: 1 Sykes (GBR-Kawasaki) 1:46.609, 2 Rea (GBR-Honda) 1:47.121, 3 Leon Camier (GBR-Crescent Fixi Suzuki) 1:47.238. 19 John Hopkins (USA-Crescent Fixi Suzuki) 1:50.378.