Leon Camier stormed to the top aboard his Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2 during testing yesterday. Riding for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, Camier was the third fastest World Superbike rider, behind fellow Brits Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea.
Sykes topped the timesheets with a 1:38.889 lap time, with a half a second advantage over Rea. Camier set the 4th fastest time of the day with a 1:39.608, with Yamaha test rider Niccolo Canepa slotting himself between Camier and the two Kawasakis.
Camier’s performance has definetly turned heads, and looks very promising for Honda’s 2018 season. After a solid 2017 season aboard the MV Agusta, Camier will be looking to translate this success into developing the Honda into a front running package.
Camier and Honda undertook a “full test programme” testing electronics, chassis components, and a new Akrapovič exhaust system.
The Red Bull Honda team stated that Camier “provided valuable feedback to the team”, with Team Manager Kervin Bos highlighting that “Leon made some big steps with the bike compared to the test in November”.
Camier himself said he is “very happy with how the test went” and is “learning the bike more and more”. Although Camier stated there is a lot that he would “like to work on”, he believes that as he rides the Fireblade around different circuits he “will be able to get more out of” the package.
The focus for Leon is now on “long runs” in order to “understand how the bike will behave over race distance”.
Camier and the team will continue to work on at the next test at Portimao that will commence on the 28th and 29th of January.