The Crescent FIXI Suzuki pairing of Leon Camier and John Hopkins completed a successful two-day test at Aragon this week, ready for the eighth round of the World Superbike Championship, which heads to the Spanish circuit at the end of the month.
Camier and Hopkins saw little track time on day one of the test, with inclement weather hampering their schedule.
But on Wednesday the clouds cleared and they were able to complete a number of laps on their GSX-R1000 Superbikes, and left the circuit feeling positive about racing there in a couple of weeks time.
Leon Camier said, “We lost a lot of time on Tuesday because of the weather, which is a shame really as there were a lot of things we wanted to try away from the pressure of a race weekend.
“On day two we tried different settings on the engine and electronics and so didn’t really go for any fast lap-times, but we did manage to collect a lot of useful data. Now we’ll go away, analyse it all and come back with some new ideas.
“Obviously, with more track time we would’ve made more progress, but at least we got loads of info and that’ll help us next time out, back here in Aragon in a few days time.”
John Hopkins also spent time learning the track, ready for his first competitive visit to the circuit when they return. He added, “It was a pity we lost a lot of time on the first day, but I feel we more than made up for it when conditions improved on day two.
“I managed a good number of laps and we improved the base setting of the FIXI Crescent Suzuki at the same time.
“This track is not easy and there are a lot of blind approaches and changes of elevation, so you need to learn it first. I like it a lot and it’s really fun to ride, once you know where you are going.
“I’m feeling loads better and I’m really starting to enjoy myself on the bike again, and my confidence is coming back as well. Although there are few places here where more horsepower would be useful, I think this circuit is going to suit our GSX-R and we’ll be able to use the fast, flowing corners to our advantage.
“I’m really looking forward to the races here and feeling very positive about the results.”
Team Manager Jack Valentine added, “It’s always a bit of a problem when you lose so much time because of the weather, but nonetheless we managed to do a lot of good work and that will stand us in good stead for the race.
“We tried out a few things to do with the engine and the electronics and got some positive info to work on next week.
“It’s really good to see John growing in confidence and looking like his old self again. Both he and Leon are pretty happy with their race set-ups and if they can qualify well, there’s no reason why we cannot get positive results in Aragon.”
Aragon’s races are scheduled for Sunday 1 June.