Following a disappointing start to the 2012 World Superbike season, Fixi Suzuki’s Leon Camier has identified the main area of improvement he needs from the GSX-R1000 is enough grunt to be competitive from corner exit to the entrance of the next turn - especially at the upcoming Imola round where out-and-out top speed isn’t the huge requirement it was at Phillip Island.
In Australia, Camier was struggling with upwards of a 14kph deficit on his team-mate from last year, Max Biaggi, but the former British Superbike Champion said that on a single lap, he was able to run near the pace of the Roman Emperor. Over a race distance, however, it was a different story and he couldn’t stay in the Aprilia’s tow down the long start/finish straight.
"Over a lap, I could run a good pace but when it came to four or five together, it was difficult as the tyre wouldn’t hold up. Johnny, Leon etc could put in a load of laps but I was struggling to keep any kind of grip and at the end of the race, I was something like six seconds a lap slower as the tyre was destroyed," said Camier, speaking to bikesportnews.com this morning.
"The team have come up with something to try with the electronics to fix it and have flown to Japan today to look at the way the engine makes its power. In terms of corner speed, I can live with the pace people like Max are running, it is getting out of the corners which is proving difficult and corner-to-corner grunt is what we will need at places like Imola.
"Hopefully, they will come back from Yoshimura with some solutions. The potential of the bike is huge, we just need to unleash it. We spent a lot of pre-season tests working on little niggles with the electronics so didn’t get some of the work done we needed to do but it’s getting there."