Camier shrugs off testing crash at Phillip Island

Camier was a bit bruised by his crash
Camier was a bit bruised by his crash Picture: GeeBee Images

Fixi Suzuki’s Leon Camier shrugged off a massive highside in the early of part of day one at the unoffical Phillip Island World Superbike test, going on to set the second quickest time of the day Down Under.

Camier was spat off his GSX-R1000 on the entry to the second-last corner but pretty much ignored the experience to set increasingly-fast laptimes and went quickest at the end of a race run - as he usually does on a Sunday - to trail Eugene Laverty by only two-tenths on a 1’31.9.

“Today ended up pretty good considering the crash in the morning, we ended up second quickest which was good. There is still room for improvement in the bike – nothing massive – and I also feel that I can improve as well and the feeling with the setting could be better," said the former BSB champ.

"I think it will get harder and harder from here because the track will get better and everyone will push more. I don’t really know why I crashed because the track felt good and it was nice and smooth with the new surface – in fact it was quite confidence inspiring.

"I was on an in-lap and as I turned into the second-last corner in quite a positive way – but slower than previously – the bike just came round on me and off I went. I was really shocked, as I didn’t expect it and I was suddenly very high in the air - I thought it was going to hurt when I was up there - luckily I didn’t hurt myself other than bashing my elbow and ankle.

"For the rest of the day I had more respect for the track and I just let it come to me. The surface improved as the day went on, not with grip really but tyre durability. We ended up going pretty quick, which was good and now we have to work on race-pace and concentrate on the race weekend.”

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