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FIXI Crescent Suzuki ready for Aragon WSB

FIXI Crescent Suzuki is heading to the Motorland Aragon circuit for the eighth round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship with renewed vigour following positive tests at the Spanish circuit last week.

Leon Camier and John Hopkins completed a day of thorough testing on their Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R1000s - after the first day was hampered by inclement weather. The whole team will now be looking to kick-start the season, as the second-half of the calendar gets underway following a mid-season break. Camier already has plans on new ideas for the weekend, after he and his crew assessed the data from the test and found some important pointers. While team-mate Hopkins will be racing at Aragon for the first time, the test gave him an insight into what to expect at the 5,344m circuit and is keen to get back on track with an increased confidence and an improved state of fitness.

The Motorland Aragon circuit is situated approximately 120kms from Zaragoza and is one of the newest tracks on any race calendar. It is an ultra-modern facility which has its roots firmly established in a solid history of street racing in the nearest town of Alcaniz - which hosted road-race events between 1963 and 2003. The eni FIM World Superbike Championship uses the 5,344m variant of the circuit, which has a very long straight of almost 1.8 kilometres. The layout is technically demanding with 17 turns throughout its anti-clockwise rotation, with ultra-quick sections leading into fast, narrow corners and a combination of turns that suit a flowing riding style. The circuit features undulating sections, blind crests and downhill corners. The Motorland Aragon circuit is certainly a very challenging track for riders, machines and tyres alike, but also one that looks like providing plenty of entertainment for the fans.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki takes to the track on Friday morning for the first free practice session, before qualifying gets underway in the afternoon, when both Camier and Hopkins will be aiming to secure their positions in Saturday's Superpole. Sunday's two races make up round eight of this season's Championship, with the first event getting underway at 12.00hrs local time (11.00hrs BST).

Leon Camier:
"We definitely left Aragon last week with a lot of info and data and we'll start the race weekend trying some ideas based on what we found. I don't think we're far from where we want to be at all, but the competition is so tough these days and the smallest of differences can be crucial. Firstly we have to qualify well and if we can do that, I feel that we can run with the leaders. Aragon is a tough circuit, but enjoyable to ride as long as you have a good bike set-up. So far, our FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R's base setting has been pretty good, so we'll start working from that position, hopefully be more competitive in Superpole and get a good grid position."

John Hopkins:
"After the tests in Aragon last week, I stayed in Spain and spent some time near Barcelona. It was great to finally catch up with some good weather, have some rest and do some training. I swam every day and find it one of the best forms of training for me. At the Aragon tests, we found a much better base setting for my FIXI Crescent Suzuki and, most importantly, made some big steps rebuilding my confidence. I really enjoyed riding the Aragon circuit and I'm looking forward to going there again, with the mindset of turning my poor first half of the season into a strong and positive second half."

Jack Valentine - Team Manager:
"Losing a day to the weather in the tests last week was a bit of a shame, but I'm very happy with all the hard work Leon, John and the team put in. It was good to see John getting more and more confident and I think he'll be back to his old self again this weekend. Our main focus this weekend is for our riders to qualify in the positions where they should be - on the front two rows of the grid. If they can do that, I am confident they can compete with the front runners."