Team Crescent Fixi Suzuki WSB

PUIG continues one year more as a Technical Team Sponsor Fixi Crescent Suzuki WSB, led by Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel who will drive two Suzuki GSXR-1000.


Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel

Youth and experience

The Bikes

Suzuki GSX-R1000

Technical features

Engine: Yoshimura-tuned 998.6cc, 4-stroke, 4 cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, TSCC
Engine management: Motec
Power: Over 220bhp
Estimated top speed: 325kph
Bore & stroke: 74.5 x 57.30mm
Ignition: Motec
Exhaust: Yoshimura 4 into 1
Fuel system: Keihin
Lubrication: Wet sump
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Final drive: Tsubaki 520 Race Pro
Wheelbase: 1440mm
Weight: 165kg
Front suspension: Ohlins FGR200 upside down telescopic forks, 42mm
Rear suspension: Ohlins RSP40 single shock
Front brakes: Brembo twin disc 320mm, 4-piston calliper
Rear brakes: Brembo single disc 218mm, 2-piston caliper
Wheels: Marchesini 16.5 x 3.5in (front), 16.5 x 6.25in (rear)
Tyres: Pirelli
Fuel tank capacity: 23 litres


Stunning sixth for Philippe on World Superbike debut

Philippe got a solid start from the third row and by lap-two he was up into eighth. He then got into a smooth and consistent rhythm on his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R before moving up to sixth by lap-six. Philippe pulled a gap from the following group, but was too far adrift of the front pack to make any in-roads, so continued with a solitary - but impressive - race to steer his machine to sixth at the chequered flag, to complete a successful debut weekend for the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team rider. Suzuki’s reigning World Endurance Champion – who was replacing the injured Leon Camier – had shown his potential in race one after starting from ninth on the grid and then getting involved in a five-rider battle for sixth place. Philippe looked at home in the tussle and was hard-on-the-heels of Toni Elias when the Spaniard crashed taking the Suzuki-man down with him. As the two came to a halt Elias inexplicably remonstrated with Philippe for something that was clearly his own fault. The Frenchman looked astounded at this, but quickly re-mounted and continued to push hard, before eventually taking 13th at the flag, Jules Cluzel had two races that he was very disappointed with at his 4,411m home circuit. Starting from 12th on the grid in race one, he had made up four places by the end of the first lap. He pushed hard over the next lap, moving up to sixth place and closing on the leading group. Sadly for the Frenchman his fast-charging cost him dear as he crashed heavily on lap-three bringing his race to an early end. Cluzel’s second race followed a similar pattern as he again made his way through the field to get close to his team-mate Philippe and looked to be in with a chance of challenging for sixth, but he again slipped off his machine and slid into the gravel. He was able to re-mount and continue the race, but any chance of a high-finish had gone and Cluzel had to settle for 14th place. Today’s races were held under the constant threat of rain from some very menacing skies, but a large and boisterous French crowd were treated to a masterful display of riding from Tom Sykes. The Englishman took both race wins, set the fastest lap in both races and won the second event by over 11-seconds to strengthen his lead at the top of the championship. The World Superbike paddock will now head to Jerez in Spain for the final round of the championship on Sunday 20th October, when FIXI Crescent Suzuki will be hoping to welcome Camier back to action following his lay-off due to the injury he sustained in Turkey. Vincent Philippe: “What a great weekend! For sure first of all I need to thank all the staff on the team and especially the mechanics. Everybody has helped me a lot to be able to understand the bike, the suspension, the electronics, and the tyres, in fact in every aspect. It is a fantastic bike and a fantastic team and it has been easy for me to learn all about it and feel good on the bike. I pushed in the second race – not too much – and I am so happy with the result. In the first race it was a very good fight and great to battle with the top riders and it was a shame what happened, but that is racing. In the second race it was better for me because with my style that sort of fight is not what I am used to and I need more experience, so when I was alone it was easy for me to ride like I wanted to. It has been a good weekend and I have got lots of experience from it. I would like to ride the FIXI Crescent Suzuki again, but if not that is ok, because this has been a good present from the team and Suzuki France, and thank-you everybody!” Jules Cluzel: “This has been the worst weekend of the year for me. The conditions have been awful for me and I think we need more dry conditions to improve the bike, because I struggle so much in the slow turns at the last moments. We only had one real dry session all weekend and it made it difficult for me. I crashed in the first race when I made a mistake because I was too fast and I tried to turn and went straight on. In race two I lost time in some straights and I tried hard to keep up, but again I crashed and had to start again. I think it was possible to finish in sixth or seventh, but because I lost the front that was it. “Vincent had a good weekend, he knows the track really well in these conditions and he did a great job in the dry session too. It is good for the team to have a good result, but I knew it was possible for me to make a better result than I did so I am disappointed about this. I also want to thank Suzuki France for all the support they gave us this weekend, It was great have them here.” Paul Denning – Team Manager: “At the end of a tricky weekend – as it often is at Magny-Cours – the first thing to say is thank-you and congratulations to Vincent, who exceeded all our expectations. He had never ridden the bike, never used the Pirelli tyres and from Friday was immediately running a good pace and battled fiercely in both races with some of the best Superbike riders in the world – he thoroughly deserved his top-six finish in race two. “Jules started race one very aggressively from 12th on the grid; he immediately improved his position and was trying to chase down the front pack before he crashed. His crash was absolutely huge and the team did an amazing job to re-build the bike and get it perfect for race two – so thanks to them for their expertise and professionalism. Unfortunately Jules wasn’t able to make the best of it and a simple slip-off meant he wasn’t able to fight with Vincent for the top-six. I think that Vincent gave another indication of the potential of the current FIXI Crescent Suzuki Superbike today and that helps us be positive about the future.” Magny-Cours – eni FIM Superbike World Championship – Race One: 1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 29’38.830: 2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) +2.146: 3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) +10.643: 4. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia) + 15.687: 5. Marco Melandri (BMW) +23.573: 13. VINCENT PHILIPPE (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +1’07.176: DNF: JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI): Magny-Cours – eni FIM Superbike World Championship – Race Two: 1. Sykes 34’36.149: 2. Laverty +11.091: 3. Guintoli +11.337: 4. Giugliano +23.008: 5. Chaz Davies (BMW) +25.724: 6. VINCENT PHILIPPE (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +34.762: 14: JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +1’10.346: World Championship Classification: 1. Sykes 411: 2. Laverty 374: 3. Guintoli 373: 4. Melandri 339: 5. Davies 270: 10. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 162: 12. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 114: 22. VINCENT PHILIPPE (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 13:

Super seventh at an eventful Laguna Seca for Cluzel

The new World Superbike timetable meant that a race was run on a Saturday at this event in America and it turned out that it became even more eventful than scheduled as the 26-lap race had three starts following a series of incidents that caused two red-flags. Race one was stopped after six completed laps when a bike crashed into the safety barrier, causing a puncture in one of the air fences that surrounds the 3,610m Laguna Seca circuit. The race was stopped and a re-start ordered for the remaining 20-laps. This too was then red-flagged for a similar incident, leading to a third start that would be over 12-laps. Cluzel began the race from eighth on the grid – the position he occupied when the previous race was stopped – and by lap-three he had moved up to seventh, but in those first couple of laps he had lost a lot of time and was unable to close the gap on the top-six. He rode a lonely race for the remaining laps, but kept a steady and consistent pace to consolidate his position and believes the data he gathered from today’s truncated race will help him in tomorrow’s 26-lap event. Blake Young gave a good account of himself on his FIXI Crescent Suzuki debut, as a replacement rider for the injured Leon Camier. Young was able to benefit from the stoppages as it enabled him to continue to make small adjustments to his machine and get more opportunities of race-starting his Suzuki GSX-R. In the third version of race one, Young started from 13th on the grid – and improvement on his qualifying position of 17th – and then chased down and passed the Factory Honda mounted Superbike regular Michel Fabrizio to move into 12th place, a position he held to the flag. Young was pleased with his efforts and believes that today will give him more confidence ahead of Sunday’s race. Today’s proceedings took place in brilliant sunshine under clear blue skies with air temperatures rising to 27°C. Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes took the victory to increase his lead at the top of the championship. Tomorrow will see the second race of the weekend get underway at 14.00hrs local time (22.00hrs BST), when both the FIXI Crescent Suzuki boys will be looking to make further improvements and push for better results. Jules Cluzel: “In this morning’s Superpole we improved the feeling of the bike quite a lot and the only problem that I had in the three sessions was that I had no qualifying tyre for the final session, so I couldn’t push to improve my time. The qualifiers didn’t actually work that well for us and I did my fastest lap-time with a race tyre anyway. I was quite happy, but still had some questions about where we could improve, but the good thing about today was the three starts for the race because we were able to try different things each time. In the first part it was not very good and I was not really happy, but in race two we improved the lap-times and things felt easier, although I was losing the front a lot, so in the third outing we improved that, but it made some other problems for us! We do have some good data now and I think we can improve more tomorrow. I lost maybe two-seconds in the first two-laps of the final race – maybe more – and I couldn’t catch the first group, but I didn’t lose any more time to the guys that were in front of me, I could still see them so I was happy with that. I think we have some good things to improve and that these won’t be too difficult to improve on.” Blake Young: “As the guys in the team would say ‘it was quite lovely today!’. Seriously though it has been a great experience and I’m happy to be out on the racetrack on the FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R – I feel at home on it already. The race worked out more in my favour than it probably ever could have with all the red flags. You never like to see them because it means that people could possibly be hurt, but it seemed like all the guys got up and were fine. Those red flags gave us time to make adjustments to the bike and with every one we made the motorcycle better. I was so happy with the job the crew did today and I can’t thank them enough. All the guys here on the team would obviously like a better result – and so would I – but we’ll take 12th today and see if we can improve on it tomorrow.” Paul Denning - Team Manager: “Today was the first time that World Superbikes tried the Saturday race format and it was certainly eventful! Both of our guys did very solid jobs in all three of the race starts and it worked well for Blake who had the opportunity to stop and consider the setting on the GSX-R and how he could adapt it further to suit his style as he became more familiar with the bike. “The final result of seventh for Jules was well deserved and for a Superbike rookie on his first visit to Laguna, the team is very pleased with his efforts. We’re only missing a tiny amount to be able to run with the top-six group and hope we can work on the setting and maybe the tyre choice to make the bike a bit easier for him. Based on the potential Jules showed today we’ll give it the very best shot we can.” Laguna Seca – eni FIM Superbike World Championship – Race One: 1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 16’55.703: 2. Chaz Davies (BMW) +1.253: 3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) +2.454: 4. Marco Melandri (BMW) +2.650: 5. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) +3.430: 7. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +9.134: 12. BLAKE YOUNG (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +21.767:

Pair of sevens for Cluzel in Turkey

Cluzel was flying the flag for the Fixi Crescent Suzuki team following Leon Camier’s injury and subsequent withdrawal earlier in the weekend and in race-one the team’s only rider finished a commendable seventh after a race-long battle with Davide Giugliano. The pair swapped positions a number of times during the race, before the Suzuki man’s rear-grip started to go and he settled for a safe seventh position at the flag. Race-two took a similar theme as the Frenchman got away with a lead group, but a mistake on lap-five saw him run wide on the first corner and lose the tow. He regrouped before passing Giugliano for seventh and then got involved in a battle to the line with Leon Haslam. Cluzel was passed by the Honda rider, but immediately took the place back and then held on to seventh all the way to the finish by producing some impressive and consistent lap-times on his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R. His results today move him up to ninth in the championship, a position that he will be looking to improve on as the season draws to a close. FIXI Crescent Suzuki was down to one-rider today due to Camier’s huge crash and resulting operation on Friday. He was re-admitted to hospital today suffering with dehydration, but is recovering well from this and after-effects of the surgical procedure. Camier plans to return to his home in Andorra tomorrow to begin an intensive rehabilitation routine in a bid to get fit for the last race of the season at Jerez. Today’s races were held in warm and sunny conditions with track temperatures reaching 40°C. Eugene Laverty took victory in both events. FIXI Crescent Suzuki and the rest of the World Superbike field will now head across the Atlantic Ocean for the next round of the championship, which will be held at Laguna Seca in California, America on Sunday 29th September. Jules Cluzel: “It’s been a really interesting weekend as a whole. I was a bit disappointed with the first race because I had the feeling I could fight for fifth place. I fought a bit with the other guys for that position, but at the end I was not able to pass them. For the second race we had a lot more data and had done a lot more laps so we had more information. We made some big changes in the chassis and I felt some differences, but they were not so easy to understand. I made some mistakes in the race and I did some good lap-times, but the really interesting point was the last part of the race. I tried to be calmer and understand how the traction was working and how the bike was different. This helped how to learn how the bike could be better and me also. I think I understand a lot more now and I’m looking forward to the next race because we have more information and I will have time to think about this weekend. I am happy with two seventh places, but I had the feeling we could be stronger - I now need to improve next time!” Paul Denning – Team Manager: “Jules worked really hard today and rode at a very competitive level, the lap-time gap to the podium guys was not so big, but what cost him the chance to battle for a top-five place was errors in both races – maybe just trying too hard in the wrong places. However it was very positive that he was able to re-group, re-find his rhythm and also learn a lot about some new electronic settings that he has been working with here in Istanbul. Even if we’re a little bit frustrated with the positions, Jules enjoyed riding the bike today and definitely learnt a lot and he is a positive mood for the trip to the USA. “Leon’s ridiculous run of misfortune continues and even after a successful operation he found himself back in hospital today. He had severe dehydration and some nasty after-effects of the surgical process. The update is that he is now resting and being very well cared for. Thanks to the medical team at the Anadolu hospital for their continued care and to our colleagues at Doodson Broking Group for their swift and very helpful assistance in getting Leon the best possible attention and taking care of arrangements.” Istanbul – eni FIM Superbike World Championship – Race One: 1. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 34’57.650: 2. Marco Melandri (BMW) +2.009: 3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) +3.432: 4. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) +3.919: 5. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia) +15.830: 7. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +16.921: Istanbul – eni FIM Superbike World Championship – Race Two: 1. Laverty 34’58.775: 2. Sykes +1.708: 3. Guintoli +4.052: 4. Melandri +10.860: 5. Toni Elias +12.171: 7. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +17.434:

Camier out of the second race at Nurburgring

Camier was battling for fifth position in race one, but hit a patch of oil on the track that had spilled from a recently crashed bike and lost control of his machine at high-speed. He was immediately assessed at trackside by the medical staff at Nurburgring and was then flown by Air Ambulance to Stiffungs Klinicum in Koblenz for further observations on potential neck injuries. Despite the accident Camier left the circuit in good spirits and had full movement and feeling in the rest of his body. FIXI Crescent Suzuki will keep you updated on his condition as more information becomes available. Jonathan Rea of the Pata Honda team crashed at the same spot as Camier, due to the spilt oil, he too has been airlifted to hospital with reports of a broken left femur.

Pair of sevens for Camier at a sunny Imola

Camier fought hard throughout both races and was involved in several battles during the two 21-lap events. In both races the Englishman was hampered by tyre chatter that caused him to struggle with controlling the power and entering the corners. He battled manfully over the full race distance before bringing his bike home in seventh and believes that without the issues he could have been fighting for a podium position today. Jules Cluzel again showed his racing potential as he looked set for a top-10 finish in race two, before a small technical issue robbed him of the chance. He had fought his way up from 14th on the grid to inside the top-10, but he developed a handling problem and was unable to take advantage of his position as the race wore on. Cluzel lost a place to Leon Haslam and then went straight-on at the final chicane on the last-lap and lost another position to Ayrton Badovini, leaving the Frenchman in 11th at the chequered flag. Unfortunately for Cluzel he failed to finish race-one after crashing-out, when he again looked to be in a position to challenge for a place inside the top-10 on his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R. Today’s two races were held in glorious sunshine with track temperatures heating up to 54°C. Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes followed up his Pole Position with two commanding wins that saw him move to the top of the championship. FIXI Crescent Suzuki will stay at Imola for a day of testing, before it heads to Russia for the next round of the Superbike World Championship, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday 21st July. Leon Camier: “For some reason the tyre span on the rim today and there was nothing more that I could do, because I was pushing so hard and adapting my style to try and cope with the chatter. In the parts of the track where I didn’t have chatter I was really fast and I think I could have caught the guys in front and challenged for the podium, but when I got to the points where the bike had chatter there was nothing more I could do and I was so limited. On a positive note though we did a good job this weekend and without the problems we were strong. I think electronically we still need to improve, we’ve got it working really well with what we’ve got, but we need to try and come up with some better strategies that will help me put more power to the ground. “ Jules Cluzel: “I am really disappointed with the whole weekend in general because we never found a fast lap and maybe in race one it should have been my best performance of the weekend, but I went straight on twice and the second time I crashed because I could not find the gear, but I think my race-pace was good enough for eighth or ninth. Race two felt worse for me and I fought with Haslam and Badovini. I passed them both, but in the middle of the race I had a strange feeling on the front and it had some big movement and I was quite scared because it was in the fast turn, so I slowed down a little bit. On the last lap I went straight in the final chicane because I couldn’t get first gear and lost a place. I am not enjoying this weekend and I hope that in the test tomorrow we can find some good improvements.” Paul Denning – Team Manager: “This weekend didn’t bring the team quite the results we were hoping for, but it certainly wasn’t through a lack of trying by the crew or the riders. Leon rode hard all day, but over race-distance we just lacked a bit of performance and consistency, especially on the slow-corner exits, and this made it tough for him to live with the fastest riders. We are frustratingly close to challenging the top-five, our rhythm on average is half-of-a-second away from the factory BMWs and we’ll keep working hard to make sure that we can make both of the riders’ jobs easier and allow them to extract the full potential out of the GSX-R over race distance. “Jules had a tough day, he improved a lot on race day – as he always does – but a first race crash and an unfortunate technical issue in the second race robbed him of what could have been a top-10 finish. We have work to do and we’re excited about getting into it, starting with the test here at Imola tomorrow.” Imola – eni FIM Superbike World Championship – Race One: 1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 37'52.860: 2. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia) +7.198: 3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) +9.484: 4. Marco Melandri (BMW) +10.323: 5. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia) +18.697: 7. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 22.412: DNF. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI): Race Two: 1. Sykes 37’51.947: 2. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +5.032: 3. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) +10.201: 4. Melandri +13.120: 5. Chaz Davies (BMW) +13.630: 7. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +25.420: 11. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +42.888: World Championship Classification: 1. Sykes 235: 2. Guintoli 229: 3. Laverty 190: 4. Melandri 182: 5. Davies 154: 10. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 80: 11. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 77:

Fantastic fourth for Camier and FIXI Crescent Suzuki in Portugal

Starting from 13th on the grid, Camier was down in 15th place at the end of the first circulation after an incident with another rider forced him off the track. He began his fight up the field and passed many riders as he moved into the top-10 on lap-five with a double overtaking manoeuvre on the brakes at the end of the start/finish straight. Camier continued his progression through the pack and after Jonathan Rea and race-leader Eugene Laverty were both forced to retire with bike problems, Camier moved up to fourth place by the end of lap-11. He held this position for the remainder of the race and recorded consistent times that saw him finish only just over nine-seconds behind eventual race winner Marco Melandri. Camier’s result was his and FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s best result of the season so far and shows the race potential of the Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R. Unfortunately for Camier he didn’t fare as well in race two, when a simple mechanical issue on lap-12 caused the Englishman to retire from the race as he was making progress through the field and was closing on the fight for sixth place. Jules Cluzel had two very impressive performances today as he brought his FIXI Crescent Suzuki home comfortably inside the top-10 in both races. Starting from the middle of the third row, Cluzel was ninth at the end of lap-one in the first race and struggled to find a rhythm early on as he was relegated to 12th, but the Frenchman re-grouped and made his way back up to ninth on lap-11, a position he held until the 20th-lap when he passed Carlos Checa to move into eighth and hold that place until the chequered flag. In race two Cluzel’s team made some setting changes to help the rider, and his performance and lap-times improved as he held a consistent pace throughout. He gave chase to race-one winner Melandri and passed the Italian on lap-14 to move up to seventh, after which the FIXI Crescent Suzuki man was under pressure from Davide Giugliano, but Cluzel managed to put some space between him and the Aprilia and brought his machine home in a creditable and impressive seventh. Both of today’s races were held in cloudy conditions with track temperatures reaching a high of 27°C during the first race. Melandri took victory in race one by one of the smallest margins in Superbike history, as he led Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli over the line by just 0.007 seconds. Race two saw Laverty make amends for his race one retirement by racing to the win ahead of his team-mate Guintoli. FIXI Crescent Suzuki will now head back to the UK before it prepares to travel to the next round of the series, which is scheduled for Imola in Italy on Sunday 30th June. Leon Camier: “I got an ok start in the first race and made a bit of progress, but as I went past Haslam on the inside - and was well past him! - he let the brake off in the turn and punted into me. I lost some time and dropped back some places and had the job of trying to catch-up and get through the field, so from 15th to 4th is a pretty good result. The bike felt good, I felt like I could pass really well and the speed of the FIXI Crescent Suzuki has definitely improved. This showed on the straight because I could exit on the last turn and keep the momentum going so I could pass at the end of the straight, which I haven’t been able to do before, so I was really happy about that. At the start of the second race I had a problem with the electronics and the bike didn’t pull away as it should. I made a few places up, but didn’t feel quite as strong as I did in the first race, but I kept pushing and I was getting in a good rhythm when a problem with the bike didn’t allow me to continue. I was hoping that I could have made up some more places, because I could see the group in front coming back to me, so I think that fourth or fifth was achievable, but we will never know now!” Jules Cluzel: “I’m pleased to have finished both races inside the top-10. The first one was really hard and the early part of the race I had very little feeling from the rear tyre and I nearly high-sided a few times in the first two laps. After this I tried to come back step-by-step and at the end my pace was not so bad and I finished eighth. In the second race we tried to improve the setting and I think we found something because the first 10-laps – when I was behind Leon – I was able to follow him and my pace was better than the first race. I think I was faster in every lap and that was a good step forward. I would still like more grip on the rear and I need to do more laps on a used tyre to learn more about how it works at the end of the race. It’s been a good weekend and we have made some steps, now we will go to Italy and carry on working there to go further forward.” Paul Denning – Team Manager: “We’ve made some positive steps forward this weekend and Leon’s performance in the first race, coming from 15th at the end of the first lap to 4th at the end - and not losing any time at all to the leaders over the last 12-laps of the race - is a very encouraging sign for the future. A very simple gear linkage failure in race two was disappointing for everybody involved and robbed us of what looked like a top-six place. “Portimao has been a challenging circuit for Jules in his first ride on the GSX-R here, but he rode two solid races, particularly in the second race, when we tried a setting which will hopefully give us a more solid base to work from for the next rounds. “The bike and Leon were strong last year in Imola and we will be going there with high hopes to turn the improved potential from this weekend into better race results.” Portimao – eni FIM Superbike – Race One: 1. Marco Melandri (BMW) 38’12.447: 2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) +0.007: 3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) +4.224: 4. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +9.479: 5. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) +12.057: 8. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +22.337: Portimao – eni FIM Superbike – Race Two: 1. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 38’02.051: 2. Guintoli +4.107: 3. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +5.853: 4. Baz +15.306: 5. Chaz Davies (BMW) +17.552: 7. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +29.392: DNF. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI): Championship Classification: 1. Guintoli 213: 2. Sykes 185: 3. Laverty 174: 4. Melandri 156: 5. Davies 133: 10. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 72: 11. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 62:

Pair of nines for Cluzel as crashes cost Camier dearly

Jules Cluzel continued with his impressive rookie season in the Superbike class by taking two ninth places in today’s double-header. Cluzel’s two races were almost a mirror image of each other, as the Frenchman got a good start from 11th on the grid and made up two places on the first lap in both events. In race one he got involved in various battles with other riders before settling into a smooth rhythm for the remainder of the race. Cluzel was pursued for much of the 23-lap race by former World Champion Carlos Checa, but the FIXI Crescent Suzuki rider kept a consistent pace and managed to hold off the Spaniard. In race two Cluzel pushed harder as the race wore on and learnt a lot more of how the Yoshimura-powered GSX-R performs at the end of a race on used tyres. He was pleased with the result and believes he can use the data he gathered in the second race to make improvements in the next events. Leon Camier had an afternoon he would like to forget. He started from fifth on the grid, but a mistake on lap-one in the first race saw him run off the track and get relegated to 15th place. He immediately set about chasing the pack down so that the lead group wouldn’t get away, but his eagerness proved his undoing as he crashed heavily on the last corner on lap three and saw any hope disappear as the bike cart-wheeled away from him. Camier picked himself up unhurt and made his way back to the pit-box on foot. In race two he got a better start and was running in contention with the leaders, but he again hit the deck in the last corner and slid onto the grass. This time, he was able to remount and continue his chase. He was 10-seconds behind the next rider in the field when he rejoined the race, but the Englishman caught and passed a number of riders to move up to 13th place at the chequered flag. Today’s races were held in beautiful sunshine with track temperatures reaching 40°C and the home crowd were treated to victories for British riders in both the Superbike and Supersport classes as Tom Sykes took both victories in the one-litre class and Sam Lowes secured victory in the 600cc category. FIXI Crescent Suzuki will now return to base in Verwood before heading to Portugal for the next round of the championship, which is to be held at Portimao on Sunday 9th June. Jules Cluzel: “I am happy with the second race because we finished in the top-10 and I felt some things that we can use which will help us improve at the next couple of races. At the end of the race I was able to push a bit harder and this is good for me. If I push too hard in the first few laps I make mistakes, so I am now trying to ride like I did in Aragon and wait a bit and build up my performance. When I feel I am ready to start pushing from the first lap I will do that, but at this moment I need to wait a bit. I was happy that I ended the race with my lap-time quite close to my best lap and I feel that we can now do some good things soon.” Leon Camier: “I had a bad start and was a bit too aggressive in the first race, even though I felt ok on the bike. I was trying to get past Canepa, but in the slower corners I was struggling a bit to get the bike pulled-up. I knew this, but I was desperate to get past him because I could see the front group going away, so it was my mistake and I ran off. Then I was pushing really hard to come back through the field and crashed. I was frustrated in race two because I felt like I didn’t have the best grip and the BMWs got past me, so I pushed hard, but got caught out at Goddards. The front went from underneath me, I don’t really know why it happened, but I couldn’t do much about it. I picked the bike up and tried my hardest to come back, but the main pack was too far away to catch them. I will now have to put this behind me and try and do my best at Portimao in a couple of week’s time.” Paul Denning – Team Manager: “I think Jules did a very solid job today and Donington is one of the most difficult tracks to tame a Superbike and get the best out of it, but Jules rode two very measured races and fought with some high-quality riders to secure his two ninth place finishes. He’s not missing a lot of lap-time to get into the next group and as the team and Jules gain more experience together of what he needs to go fast, I’m sure the next races will allow us to take a step forward in performance. “I feel bad for Leon today, but to be honest I feel worse for the team and all our partners that joined us here today. Starting from the middle of the second row, and with the race pace Leon has had all weekend, should have seen us fighting for the podium in both races, but we didn’t come anywhere near that potential. It is unusual for Leon to over-ride to get to where he wants to be, but unfortunately that was the case in the first race and we are just relieved it didn’t result in an injury. The second race was a typical ‘Goddards – don’t know why that happened – crash’ and I was pleased he could pick the bike up and run strong lap-times for the rest of the race to get back into the points. “Overall race-day hasn’t delivered what FIXI Crescent Suzuki wanted here at Donington, but we will be drawing the positives from the weekend in terms of performance potential and making sure we get the details right in Portugal.” Donington Park – eni FIM Superbike – Race One: 1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 34’10.881: 2. Marco Melandri (BMW) +2.379: 3. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) +3.808: 4. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +6.760: 5. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) +13.649: 9. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +27.739: DNF. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI): Donington Park – eni FIM Superbike – Race Two: 1. Sykes 34’06.921: 2. Guintoli +8.035: 3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) +10.738: 4. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia) +12.257: 5. Melandri +15.976: 9. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +30.501: 13. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +54.509: Championship Classification: 1. Guintoli 173: 2. Sykes 169: 3. Laverty 149: 4. Melandri 127: 5. Chaz Davies (BMW) 112: 10. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 55: 11. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 49:

Fighting performance by Camier in the Monza sun

Starting from eighth on the grid, Camier held that position over the first three laps and kept in contention with the leading group. As the race wore on the Englishman pushed on through the field and was up to sixth by lap-six. He then got involved in a battle with Davide Giugliano and Michel Fabrizio over the rest of the race, before Camier crossed the finishing line in a superb seventh to confirm his comeback to fitness and equal his best result of the season so far and move into the top-10 in the championship. Jules Cluzel had a second race to forget as he crashed on the second lap and ended his weekend early. He was mainly uninjured in the accident – he lost the nail on his little finger - but was very disappointed with the outcome of the race. The victory in the second event was taken by Eugene Laverty on an Aprilia. Race one saw both Camier and Cluzel get solid starts and maintain positions in the top-10, before a mistake on lap-five cost one of the FIXI Suzuki racers dearly. Cluzel missed his braking point going into the first chicane and went straight on and into the run off zone. He quickly rejoined the race – after losing five places – but was then further penalised with a ride–through penalty for not taking the correct line through the run-off area. Cluzel came into the pit-lane two laps later to take his penalty and re-joined the race in last place, he fought to try and catch up to the closest riders but was unable to bridge the gap and had to settle for 17th position, his first non-scoring finish of the season so far. Camier fared better than his team-mate in the first event, as he pushed hard on the demanding and fast 5,777m Italian circuit to bring his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R home in ninth place, despite struggling with braking issues for the majority of the race. The race was won by local hero Marco Melandri, after a dramatic final few laps involving the Italian, Tom Sykes and Laverty which saw the trio swap places regularly, before Melandri came out on top with Sykes and Laverty coming home in second and third respectively. FIXI Crescent Suzuki now heads back to the UK for its first home race of the season, as the European round of the WSBK championship with be held at Donington Park in England on Sunday 26th May. Leon Camier: “I had a pretty good start in the second race and got past Jules on the first lap. I then tried to get in a rhythm and not lose the tow. It took me a lap or two to get the feel and confidence in the brakes, because we’d made a change to them for the second race. They felt ok, not as good in performance, but more consistent, so at least I could race with them. The set-up of the bike also worked better and let me do a bit more in the race, but I think the results today are what we can expect at this track. Yoshimura and the Crescent team have done a great job and the engine performance is in a different world to last year, but I don’t think we could have done much more here.” Jules Cluzel: “I made a mistake in the first race and had to do a ride-through, I think this was a bit harsh because I had already lost 10-seconds and so for me there was no chance of any points. In the second race we worked a lot on the bike and made some changes to help with the traction, but I lost the rear for the first time in four races and crashed. I think I made a mistake, but the bike set-up was completely new and with a different feeling because we changed quite a lot. Maybe I need to adapt more before going for fast laps, so we will need to learn from this. I got zero points this weekend, but I am already looking to get to the next race, because this one was not the best for me.” Paul Denning – Team Manager: “First and foremost the whole team is very relieved that Jules is largely uninjured after what looked like a very nasty accident in the second race. Race-day just didn’t pan out in the way we were hoping for with Jules. He had a great pace in race one before running on at the chicane, and then the ride-through destroyed any opportunity to see what he could have done. After settling in calmly on lap-one of the second race, the crash put an end to his day. I have to be honest and say we are struggling between us – the team and Jules – to fully understand the best way to get him comfortable on the GSX-R for all conditions and circuits. There is still some significant work to do to find the right base, but that said, he’s an inspiring racer and we’re sure he’ll bounce back strongly at Donington. “For Monza I think Leon had a pretty good day! We struggled with a braking problem in the first race, but in race two the bike was a lot closer to the others. In the end we only got beaten by a factory Kawasaki, a factory BMW and the Aprilias, which on a track like this is no shame. The engine performance is night-and-day better than 2012, thanks for which I have to give to our guys at Crescent and our partners at Yoshimura Japan, who are working so hard for us. Apart from the last four or five laps – where we ran out of grip – Leon’s pace was on a par with the front group. We are coming in to some tracks that will suit the bike, such as Donington and Portimao, Leon’s really done well there before and we’re positive of further progress towards the podium.” Monza – eni FIM Superbike – Race One: 1. Marco Melandri (BMW) 30’54.925: 3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) +0.085: 3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) +0.107: 4. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) +1.844: 5. Chaz Davies (BMW) 7.629: 9. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +16.668: 17. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 59.545: Monza – eni FIM Superbike – Race Two: 1. Laverty 30’59.653: 2. Melandri +0.143: 3. Sykes +0.725: 4. Guintoli +1.619: 5. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia) +9.965: 7. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +12.241: DNF. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI): Championship Classification: 1. Guintoli 137: 2. Laverty 124: 3. Sykes 119: 4. Melandri 96: 5. Chaz Davies (BMW) 94: 10. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 46: 11. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 41:

Camier completes comeback with a stunning seventh

Camier saved the best till the second race where he got a great start from 18th on the grid to be up in 11th by the end of lap one. He continued to progress through the field as he chased team-mate Jules Cluzel, before the pair got involved in a inter-team battle through the mid part of the race. Camier and Cluzel swapped places a number of times as they jostled for seventh position, before Camier got the better of his team-mate and held on to that place for the remainder of the race. Unfortunately for Cluzel he couldn’t challenge the Englishman again, because an electronic throttle system failure caused him to retire on lap-16. Camier had already shown huge determination in race one, as he also got a good start and was in 12th by the end of the first lap. He again made his way through the field before getting involved with ex-World Champion Carlos Checa. The FIXI Suzuki racer on his Yoshimura-powered machine, made a brave and fast pass on the inside of the Spaniard through a left-hand turn – with his injured knee firmly placed on the asphalt. Camier then held his position for the rest of the race and brought his bike home in ninth. Cluzel had mixed emotions this afternoon as he looked like securing a pair of top-eight finishes before fate dealt its hand in race two. Cluzel produced an impressive ride in race one to take eighth place at the flag. He made a good start from 10th on the grid and consolidated his position with some consistent laps which saw him running at a strong pace. In race two he again looked strong as he battled with Camier, but his weekend drew to a premature close when his bike stopped out on track and he was unable to continue. Both of today’s races were held in bright sunshine with track temperatures rising to 23°C, a big difference from the two practice days. Tom Sykes on a Kawasaki was very commanding in race one as he won by almost nine seconds. Race two saw Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty take the spoils and his team-mate Sylvain Guintoli kept his championship lead, after he took a third and sixth place. FIXI Crescent Suzuki will now return to the workshop in England, before heading to Monza in Italy for the fourth round of the season on Sunday 12th May. Leon Camier: “I am really happy considering the way everything has gone this weekend. In the first race we changed the set-up dramatically from the warm-up and took a gamble, but then in the second race we changed it a lot again, but this time we made it feel more like the bike I am used to. I felt like I had the pace to run towards the front and I was making some big passes in race two and then got caught up with Jules and he really battled me. I got frustrated because I thought I could have got to the front group, but we lost out a bit and then I was in a sort of a race of my own. If I could have got to the group ahead I think I would have been comfortable and probably got a good result. Overall I am happy, even though at the end of the race my leg and body felt as if they were in bits, I was just pleased to finish both races.” Jules Cluzel: “I am happy with the first race because we had a plan and tried to improve and understand the bike setting for me better. We tried to work more on the bike this afternoon and made some changes, but for me these didn’t work and made things feel worse, so I tried to do my best to finish well. I was in eighth, but we had an electronic problem and had to stop. This is a bad thing because this is not my favourite track and we had a problem that meant we couldn’t finish, but at the end we know it was possible to score two top-eight finishes. This is racing though and I will try my best at the next race.” Paul Denning – Team Manager: “The whole FIXI Crescent Suzuki team is very proud of Leon today. Seventh and ninth are not his target results, but when we consider where he was two weeks ago and the physical condition of his leg, just to sit on the bike was impressive and race to that level was really quite amazing! Added to the injury was some very bad luck in missing the whole of the only dry qualifying session, and therefore missing the extra laps and set-up time in Superpole, which meant he had to start at the back of the grid. Today’s result augers well for when he is fully fit and we can have a proper weekend, get the bike right for the races and allow him to challenge the front group. “Jules has done a very impressive job, this track is physically very difficult on a Superbike and we honestly struggled to get the bike stable and predictable enough for him over the course of Saturday. The team managed to improve the bike a little for race-day and Jules didn’t deserve the failure – his first DNF of the season. We are getting closer to finding a base for him, we have to remember this is only his third Superbike event and his expectation is very high, so we will be doing everything we can to give him a bike that he can perform on well in Monza.” Assen – eni FIM Superbike – Race One: 1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’35.893: 2. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +8.786: 3. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) +8.792: 4. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) +9.225: 5. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) +14.231: 8. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +24.751: 9. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +30.311: Assen – eni FIM Superbike – Race Two: 1. Laverty 1’38.085; 2. Sykes +0.089: 3. Baz +5.848: 4. Rea +5.890: 5. Chaz Davies (BMW) +7.359: 7. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +21.095: DNF. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI): Championship Classification: 1. Guintoli 111: 2. Laverty 83: 3. Davies 83: 4. Sykes 83: 5. Rea 63: 9. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 41: 11. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 30:

Heroic ride from pit-lane to seventh for Cluzel

As the riders lined up for the start of the second eni FIM Superbike World Championship race, Cluzel had a problem selecting neutral and signalled to the starting official. The Frenchman was pushed to pit-lane where he was then required to begin the race from. As the lights indicated the start, Cluzel was forced to wait until all the remaining 18 riders went past him before he could commence. He then produced two superb laps to make his way up to 10th position by the end of lap two and continued through the field before he caught his fellow countryman Loris Baz and a long battle then ensued between the pair for sixth. Cluzel managed to get past his compatriot, but a technical issue meant he couldn’t hold the place and Baz re-passed him, forcing Cluzel to settle for a hard-won seventh. In race one Cluzel got a solid start and was in eighth at the end of the first lap. He made up a couple of places in the early laps, before getting involved in a four-way battle for the higher places. The Frenchman battled hard on his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R to try and make in-roads into the top five, but as the race drew towards a conclusion Cluzel looked to have settled for a comfortable seventh, but on the last lap another rider slowed with a problem and the FIXI Crescent Suzuki man capitalised to take sixth place. FIXI Crescent Suzuki was joined at Aragon today by Leon Camier after he was released from hospital. The Englishman underwent surgery on Friday evening to repair a large wound on his knee and as soon as he was discharged from Alcaniz hospital, he made his way to the circuit to support Cluzel and the rest of the team. Camier will now return home and begin his recuperation in a battle for fitness ahead of the next race in two weeks’ time. Today’s two races were held in near perfect conditions with bright sunshine covering the 5,344m Spanish circuit, pushing track temperatures up to 42°C. Chaz Davies on a BMW took victory in both races in front of an enthusiastic and passionate crowd. Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli finished second in both events to take the championship lead. FIXI Crescent Suzuki will now return to the UK before travelling to the Netherlands for the third round of the season, which will be held at Assen on Sunday 28th April. Jules Cluzel: “Race two was very complicated and we had a few problems. As I came to the grid I couldn’t find neutral, it is normally easy, but I could only get first and second. I was in second gear waiting for the start and tried first again, but that wasn’t working and the bike was starting to roll because the clutch was getting hot. I thought if the lights come on soon it would be ok, but they were a long time coming so I put my hand up to say I had a problem. I then had to start from pit-lane, so I tried to get away really quickly and do something. I felt comfortable as the race went on, but as I passed Baz I had a strange vibration from the engine and then heard a noise and looked behind to check nothing was broken, because also the power felt different. There was no smoke so I continued, but Baz got past me and made a bit of a gap. I caught him up again, but my engine wasn’t working properly, so I did all I could to finish seventh and I am very happy with that result. “The first race was difficult because I had some grip problems that meant I was sliding a lot, but I was happy to finish sixth. I was then looking forward to improve my result in race two and maybe finish in the top-five, but that was not to be with what happened at the start. It has been a good weekend for us and I am pleased with both results after everything that happened. It was really good to see Leon at the track and I hope he makes a full recovery as quickly as possible, because we need him in the garage and out on the circuit.” Leon Camier: “I am really disappointed not to be riding and racing, but it is what it is and now we have to concentrate on getting back for Assen. There is a chance it won’t be right for then, so I need to do everything I can to be ready to race. I need to make sure the chance of infection doesn’t happen and if the skin heals and swelling goes down I will have a chance of being at the race. Where the bone has tried to push through the skin is the problem, because that could get infected. There is also a little part near a ligament that’s damaged, so I’ve got a lot of internal stitching to repair everything. I’ll take things as they come and hopefully everything will be ok. “I want to say well done to Jules, he did a great job in both races today for the whole team, and I just wish I could have been out there with him!” Paul Denning - Team Manager: “Jules did a fantastic job today of waving the FIXI Crescent Suzuki flag and keeping the Team’s spirits high in Leon’s absence. He showed an incredible amount of aggression in the early part of race two after having to start from pit-lane and despite a fairly significant technical issue from the middle of the race onwards, he adapted, kept pushing and showed a lot of maturity. This is only his second World Superbike event and for a rookie he shows massive potential. “It was great to see Leon come back to the track today from the hospital, he’ll be transported back home this evening, where he has specialist help lined up to help him for the rest of the week. We probably won’t know more until the end of next week, because the surgery needs to heal before any assessment can be made about the Assen race. “It was a tough weekend here at Aragon for a number of reasons and we had to face quite a few problems, but the team reacted very well and when things roll in our favour I am very confident we will get some very interesting results.” Aragon – eni FIM Superbike – Race One: 1. Chaz Davies (BMW) 39’50.332: 2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) +5.216: 3. Marco Melandri (BMW) +7.089: 4. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +8.196: 5. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) +14.417: 6. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +18.332: Aragon – eni FIM Superbike – Race Two: 1. Davies 37’52.691: 2. Guintoli +5.035: 3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) +7.677: 4. Davide Giugliano (Ducati) +12.549: 5. Melandri +19.766: 7. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +26.926: Championship Classification: 1. Guintoli 85: 2. Davies 63: 3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 45: 4. Melandri 43: 5. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia) 42: 7. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 33: 14: LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 14:

Excellent Aragon test for FIXI Crescent Suzuki

Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel both completed comprehensive test schedules which featured a mix of engine, electronics, suspension and even race start tests. Camier made a thorough evaluation of a development engine for his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R and was pleased with the performance and durability of the up-dated motor. The engineers at Yoshimura in Japan will now further assess the new engine spec and introduce it to the team for race use as soon as possible. Camier finished the test in an unofficial second place on the time sheets and was able to spend time on the final day practicing starts, which was something that he needed to work on to give him the opportunities to get away with the front pack at the beginning of the race. He made good progress in this area and will now look to put this practice into action during the race weekend. Cluzel made huge steps throughout the test as he continued to acquaint himself further with the Suzuki Superbike and its behaviour at different circuits. The Frenchman improved his lap-times by almost three seconds during the test and is now in a confident mood ahead of the next round. Cluzel was able to concentrate on different chassis settings to make the machine more comfortable for him to ride and to help him use his natural speed and bike control to greater effect. FIXI Crescent Suzuki will now head back to the UK before returning to the 5,433m Spanish circuit next week to prepare for the first European race of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, to be held on Sunday 14th April. Leon Camier: “It has been a good test, because we have spent a lot of time working on many details to get them right. We now have a better understanding of the engine power mapping and how it makes the bike react, we have made some very important progress in this area and will be able to move on from here. I was able to work on my starts as well and made some really positive steps with improving them. It was one of the things we really needed to work on and we were able to do a lot of work. On the final day we tried some different chassis settings and it looks like we’ve got something very interesting to work with to try and make the turning and balance of the bike better, but we will have to see how that compares the next time we are on track.” Jules Cluzel: “I’m really happy with the three days here at Aragon, we did lots of work and it has been a very good test for us. We did lots of laps on the bike and I know what to do to go fast here, which will be good for next week. We tried many settings to try and understand what is working and what is not. It was very tough on the first day because this track is a very different type to Phillip Island and you need to ride in a different style, but I was able to adapt quickly and now I understand how to go faster. I am looking forward to coming back for the race and carrying on from where we finished this week.” Paul Denning – Team Manager: “This has been a very important and productive test for the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team. It has been a long time away from the track for the riders since Phillip Island and the priority was to put as many miles under the wheels as possible – especially for Jules. The whole test has been very competitive and we’ve made good progress. “Leon was able to test the new development engine from Yoshimura and it worked faultlessly and gave a measurable performance improvement. It has now been crated up and is on its way back to Japan for further testing, before it can be introduced as soon as possible this season. He was also able to do lots of practice starts and worked on his technique as well as trying different mechanical settings of the clutch and electronic control settings - the combination worked well and we saw a massive improvement, to the point that by the end of the test each start was very competitive and he had full confidence in the launch procedure. “Jules had a very solid three days and produced some very impressive improvements as the test progressed. He was able to work through lots of chassis settings and understand better how the Suzuki GSX-R works, and to assess both the positive and negative side of adjusting the bike’s characteristics. The miles completed – on day two alone Jules did 72 laps! – have given him a really solid base to work from as we approach a busy run of races. “I would like to thank Yohei-san from Yoshimura for making the trip from Japan for the test, it was very important and helpful to have him here. I would also like to thank the crew for working so hard before and throughout the three days. We will be back at Aragon next week and it will be good to get back racing to see where we stack up against the other riders and machines.” Superbike Test – Combined Unofficial Lap Times: 1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’57.7: 2 LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 1’58.0: 3. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 1’59.1: 4. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 1’59.3: 5. Niccolo Canapa (Ducati) 1’59.3:

Stunning seventh for Cluzel, Camier frustrated at Phillip Island

Cluzel got a good start to the second race and was up into eighth by the end of lap one. He maintained a strong rhythm and made his way to sixth as the race progressed. Cluzel then got involved in a battle with last-year's championship runner-up Tom Sykes before the British rider pushed Cluzel back into seventh, a position he held until the end of the race despite coming under intense pressure from Jonathan Rea in the closing stages. Cluzel had made a strong start to his rookie season in Superbikes by finishing 11th in race one on his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R1000 after starting from 17th on the grid. The Frenchman's results today were just reward for him and his crew following the string of misfortune and frustration that had hit him throughout the test and then the race weekend in Australia, and leaves him on a positive footing as he heads to the next test and race. Leon Camier scored a pair of ninth place finishes at the 4,445m Phillip Island track today, but both under different circumstances. In race one he got a poor start and was battling all race long to make up places. He ended lap-one in 13th but fought his way to ninth at two-thirds distance and following a battle to the line with Rea, the FIXI Crescent Suzuki rider just couldn't get past him at the line to take eighth. In race two Camier was the innocent victim of a first lap crash which forced the Englishman off the track He re-joined in last place and then had the task of chasing down the field. Camier made up time to the pack and began picking off riders, eventually making his way to ninth on lap-19 after passing Leon Haslam. He pushed all the way to the line, but was unable to make up any more places and was left to think of what might have been in the second race.

Today's weather was again warm and sunny with a light breeze, air temperatures got up to 27°C and the fine weather led to a weekend attendance of 61,500 over the three days. Race one was won by Sylvain Guintoli on an Aprilia, with Ireland's Eugene Laverty - also on an Aprilia - taking the honours in the second event. Guintoli and Laverty share the championship lead as the pair also took a second place apiece today.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki will now head back to England for a short break before the next race at Aragon in Spain on Sunday 14th April; the next time the team takes to the track will also be at Aragon for a private test at the start of April.

Jules Cluzel:

"I am really happy with both races, even though the first one was very difficult, but I finished and learned a lot. We chose the wrong tyre in the first race, which was not a big problem because I need to learn and understand everything. I needed to do some laps today and I think in the two races today I did more laps than I had done all weekend - and maybe the test as well! It's really good to finish the weekend like this and I am pleased for my team as well because they have had a tough time and worked really hard to get me on the track. I think today has been a good step for the future."

Leon Camier:

"The first race was really difficult and the bike just didn't feel like anything we'd been working on over the weekend. We really struggled and we made the wrong tyre choice - by the end of the race the tyre was destroyed! This was very strange because all weekend we'd done race runs on the tyres and it hadn't shown wear like that. I'd put in good laps on used tyres in the test and during practice, so we were confident that it would work, but whatever the reason is, it didn't! I got a better start in race two and tried to make some places up early on, but as I tried to go round the outside coming into a corner there was a big crash in front of me and I got taken out and on to the grass - so that was really the end of the race for me! The rest of the time was just spent catching up and racing with some other guys. I had to try and do what I could and I could see Jules and Johnny Rea coming back to me really quickly so I kept pushing, but just couldn't get up to them. It's frustrating because I felt that in the second race we had the package to challenge the front pack."

Paul Denning - Team Manager:

"We will leave Australia after these two weeks in Phillip Island with a positive outlook because, irrespective of two quite disappointing results for Leon caused by the wrong tyre choice in race one and being knocked off the track in race two, we've still shown great potential and it's clear that the bike is at a different level than it was 12-months ago. The whole team and both the riders have been superbly positive, despite a few issues - including five absolutely massive crashes in total! The guys have worked incredibly hard to be in good shape come race-day.

"Jules has shown that he is absolutely not scared of getting involved with the best Superbike riders in the world and we know very well that Leon's potential - and that of the bike - is a lot better than two ninth places. We have a three-day test at Aragon at the start of April, where we have some new stuff coming to improve the bike further, and we're really excited about the prospects for the season."

Phillip Island - eni FIM Superbike World Championship - Race One:

1. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) 33'47.109: 2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 33'48.46: 3. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia) 33'48.468: 4. Chaz Davies (BMW) 33'52.811: 5. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 33'52.862: 9. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 34'06.261: 11. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 34'17.414:

Phillip Island - FIM Superbike World Championship - Race Two:

1. Laverty 33'45.938: 2. Guintoli 33'46.356: 3. Marco Melandri (BMW) 33'47.320: 4. Fabrizio 33'48.220: 5. Sykes 33'57.483: 7. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 34'03.268: 9.LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 34'05.824:

World Championship Classification:

1=. Laverty 45: 1=. Guintoli 45: 3. Fabrizio 29: 4. Sykes 22: 5. Melandri 16: 8. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 14: 9. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 14:

Fixi Crescent Suzuki WSB 13'

PUIG will continue to work with Fixi Crescent Suzuki Team in order to offer his riders, the best racing screens to get great successes in this season.


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