Camier And Hopkins Ready For Monza

/ May 3, 2012

The fourth round of the World Superbike Championship takes place this weekend at Monza, with both Leon Camier and John Hopkins looking for good results in northern Italy.

Despite an indifferent weekend in Assen, Leon Camier has some positives to build on, and is sure that his knowledge of the track will help him push his GSX-R1000 to the sharp end of the pack.

The former British Superbike Champion said, “Monza is going to be a tough one for sure. The track is all about speed, but you also have to understand the corners as well.

“It’s a place where slipstreaming is very important and it is possible to be fourth going into Ascari and still win the race. For that you need to be in front going into the Parabolica because the finish line is much nearer to the last corner than it used to be.

“Because of the changing weather conditions in the last round, we didn’t get a chance to try as many things as we would’ve liked, so we’ll use the first practice as a kind of test session.

“I am looking forward to Monza and would like three days of dry weather so we can get all our work done at the beginning. If we do that, I feel positive we can come away with good results.”

John Hopkins is travelling to the Monza having never raced there before, and admits he will need to spend some time acquainting himself with the track.

But the 28-year-old is certain that he will get to grips with the circuit quickly and be up to speed as soon as possible.

He said, “Funnily enough, I have never ridden at Monza before, so I will have to start the weekend learning the track.

“Normally I am a quick learner and, because I have watched a lot of TV footage of the track, I don’t see any big problems. Apart from the chicanes, it looks pretty straightforward. As long as it’s dry, I reckon I can get it dialled-in pretty easily.

“After the last race, I had absolutely no problems with my hand at all. Since then, I’ve been mountain biking and doing some Motocross and the hand has been good.

“I felt very comfortable on the Suzuki in Assen and was just happy to be out there riding and getting to know the bike better. Now I’m looking forward to Monza and getting my best results of the season so far.”

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is often referred to as the ‘Temple of Speed’ and is famous for its 1.195 kilometre-long front straight.