Camier: "We’ve tried a lot of things in a short space of time"

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:04 GMT

British rider explains first impressions of Honda machine

After swinging his leg over the Red Bull Honda World Superbike machine for the first time today, Leon Camier has had a positive first day on the Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2 but notes there are certain points that he will need to work on improving.

Improving on his time in the closing minutes of the day, Camier has been getting to know the dynamics of his new team as well as understanding which points to focus on for tomorrow. Content with the first feeling of the chassis, he looks forward to building on this as well as working with the electronics.

“Good to be honest,” begins Camier.  “I was trying to come with an open mind and it was good. My first feeling with the bike was good, the chassis works well, but there are some other things which are obvious that we need to work on. We’ll see, we need to look at the balance and work with the electronics and engine, and see where we end up. We’ve tried a lot of things in a short space of time, so we will keep working to try to find our way.”

Delving more into what he wants to review tomorrow, he adds: “Predominantly we need to work on electronics, we were playing around and we were trying to find the right engine map. We need to see how the bike accelerates because we are not happy at this point. I also want to be able to turn the bike, so we need to look quite a lot at the rear tyre. I have a lot of control with how I can move with the chassis, but we need to be able to turn the bike and at the minute that’s not working. There’s a few areas to improve which is a combination of engine and electronics, and then we can try some chassis parts and the changing of geometry.”

Finally, the 31 year old lists his first impressions: “The chassis is working really good, and there’s some strong points to the bike already. It’s a case of me learning how to make the most out of the bike, and how the bike needs to be ridden. We have already made a big step today.”

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