Superbike - Camier and Suzuki on top at Phillip Island

FIXI Crescent Suzuki racer Leon Camier topped the timesheets and broke a record in testing at Phillip Island in Australia on Friday.

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Leon Camier (official)

Camier's 'unofficial' best lap-time of 1:31.2 was half a second under the record, and demonstrated his fine form at the circuit.

The rider produced his scintillating time during the morning session using race tyres, and then followed it up with an equally impressive race simulation - the only competitor to complete such a run.

He continued to push hard until he was involved in a high-speed crash on the final corner of his last lap of the day.

Camier escaped unscathed, which was more than could be said for his FIXI Crescent Suzuki, which suffered considerable damage.

"The day started off really well and we got down to some good times,” Camier said. "The bike felt really comfortable, we improved it a little bit chassis wise and the electronics are slowly getting better.

"We also did a race run, I was not really pushing it, but just trying to be comfortable and the keep the lap-times consistent.

"We can still improve the race pace and I think I can do a bit of that through my riding. At the end of the day we had a massive crash when I was pushing for a really fast lap - I just got caught out by the wind."

Meanwhile, Jules Cluzel was absent from testing on Friday following a big crash in yesterday's testing, which led to him being admitted to hospital in Melbourne for a small operation to repair damage to his left elbow.

The procedure was a successful one, and Cluzel is set to rejoin the team and to return for the two-day test starting on Monday.

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