Xavi Fores and Leon Camier, two outsiders on two great bikes, supported by the respective manufacturers, Ducati and MV Agusta, but not 100% factory. The Spaniard, riding for team Barni and the Englishman, riding the Italian F4, are often up there bothering those fighting for the wins and podium places and these two test days in Australia reinforce this.
We'll start with Fores, first yesterday and just a few tenths from the front today: “I've felt good on the Ducati ever since we started work yesterday - comments Xavi- The work done by the team back at base and in the garage has allowed me to set good lap times again today, without pushing too hard or taking any risks. I'll do the same in the races, trying to keep pace with the leaders but without taking any massive risks”.
The frontrunners are not far ahead…
“Of course, those we expect to make the difference are up front - says Fores- but we've done well, we've carried out continuous work on our Panigale, making the most of our time. We're missing a little top speed and so will do some work on the electronics… finishing these tests in the top five gives us confidence, we're feeling positive”.
And now Leon Camier, finishing a solid sixth today, proving that he and his MV will once again cause trouble for the “big fish”: “we've had a good test, just like Portugal. We're close to the front guys, closer than I expected -reveals Leon- but we need to take another big step forward if we want to stick with the Kawasakis and Ducatis. Our goal is to be at the front of the chasing grip, this is a good track for us and we'll push hard”.
“We've improved all round, there is more support, we have a bigger budget and, to fight at the front, we need even more support. Technically we suffer in terms of maximum power and to keep pace with the leaders I have to stress the tyres too much through the turns. To stay up front, we need to be smart and strategic, depending on the race situation."