2011 Aprilia World Superbike Prep
In preparation for the 2011 World Superbike season, Aprilia Alitalia rider Leon Camier has traveled to Phillip Island in Australian for a three-day test beginning Tuesday, Nov. 30.
The 24-year-old Brit, continues to recover from a broken scaphoid he sustained during an accident in qualifying at Germany’s Nurburgring in September.
As part of his rehabilitation, Camier has been training in Monaco with professional cyclists Tom Boonen, Stuart O’Grady and Richie Porte. But now he is looking forward to the Superbike tests to try some 2011 Aprilia parts.
Leon Camier (Aprilia RSV4 Superbike) says: “We’ve got a lot of things to try, which is encouraging. We want to continue work on ergonomics so I can see if I can get more comfortable on the bike; we should have a new tank and a couple of other parts to test.”
“We’re going to look at electronics because although we made a step forward at the last test, there’s more to come. I’ve also got some new things with my riding that I’ve been trying with Keith Code at the California Superbike School that I want to continue to work on.”
“If we get to a point where we’re happy we’ve found a good way forward then I’ll start to push for lap times. I don’t really use tests to go for one or two quick laps, I’m there to work on overall race pace.”
Four weeks ago Camier completed some Aprilia Superbike tests at Motorland Aragon. That was the first time on track since the 2009 British Superbike Champion broke his wrist. Although still recovering, he still managed to ride 0.7 of a second within his teammates’s time, 2010 World Superbike Champion Max Biaggi.
After the Phillip Island Superbike tests are complete, Camier will train with Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner. Then he will continue training with cyclists Boonen, O’Grady and Porte.
Camier’s next outing on the Aprilia RSV4 will be in Australia again in Feb. 27 for the first official World Super tests of 2011.