British contender still aiming for improvements with factory CBR1000RR SP2.
Leon Camier is still seeking a ‘definitive step’ of progress in his set-up after taking to Phillip Island’s test for the first time in an official capacity with the all-new Moriwaki Althea Honda Team.
The outfit, which launched at the weekend in a presentation hosted near Phillip Island, has completed private tests in Asia this year, with the Australian test this week marking the first time it’s been amongst the entire FIM Motul Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) field.
Camier wound up 11th on the combined timehsheets on day one of testing, piloting his Honda CBR1000RR SP2 to a best-lap of 1m32.459s.
“There are a few aspects of bike setup that we need to improve, but we were already aware of this and know where we need to work,” said Camier. “I definitely think we have chance to make progress here, though maybe not that definitive step we are looking for.
“We need to bear in mind that it is all new for us and we have no references for this bike at this track. We’ve taken some good steps today in terms of the electronics, but we have room for improvement in this area too. We will now analyse the data we collected during today’s sessions and then see what we can do tomorrow.”
The opening day of testing was topped by WorldSBK newcomer Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), with the today signifying the last chance for improvements ahead this weekend’s season-opener.