On the first two days of the tests at Jerez Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) gave way to new test rider Marco Melandri, but on Wednesday he got to ride how own bike again with some improvements that came from a combination of Melandri and some new team members joining the technical staff. “Later in the day we tried the new electronics package that Marco had been working on with the new electronics guy, and it was a good step better,” said Camier. “It was really a good step better. That was really encouraging. Engine brake, throttle connection and acceleration were a lot better. Still a few things to work on but it was a real good step, a really positive one.”
There is still much for Camier to try at this test, including a new fuel tank that doubles up as a chassis stiffener and part of the rear subframe. “I have not tried the new fuel tank yet, which I do not think is really going to result too much in lap time but should allow more consistency, start-to-finish, throughout the race. A full fuel load at the beginning of the race is where we struggled,” said Camier of the 2015 set-up. “The new chassis change is actually the fuel tank. There is no subframe now, only the fuel tank itself, so I am sitting on the tank.”
Camier now has two days left to try his 2016 machine, with a mixture of new 2016 crew and some team-members who have been retained after the end of the 2015 season.