Leon Camier has completed his first-ever test with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team at ‘Circuito de Jerez’ in southern Spain, in which he got to grips with the team’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine for the first time. The 31-year-old Briton finished with an impressive best time of 1’39.333secs lap time after lapping the 4.423km fast-flowing Andalusian track 217 times over the course of the three days.
On the opening day of action, Camier got a first taste of Honda’s superbike machine with the bike in the specification used in Qatar for the 2017 season finale, in order for him to understand the character of the bike and make some small adjustments to improve riding position and comfort. Leon and the crew then began making more drastic changes to the set-up of the Fireblade on day two, which helped him get up to speed to break the 1’40secs barrier for the first time.
The final day saw Camier evaluating some new items developed for the 2018 season, which included a new swingarm and a differently reinforced chassis, and both positively welcomed by the new rider.
The team will now return to its headquarters in the Netherlands for what will be a busy winter before they return to the track on January 23-24 – once the testing ban draws to a close – for a two-day private test which will again take place at Jerez.