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Camier and Guintoli - Q&A

21 May 2009

With three race victories from four starts, Leon Camier heads into this Monday's third round of the ViSK British Superbike Championship with an eleven point lead over superstar rookie Sylvain Guintoli, winner of race one at the Brands Hatch season opener.

Here, Airwaves Yamaha rider Camier and new Worx Crescent Suzuki signing Guintoli discuss their excellent start to the season and looks ahead to this weekend's third round at Donington Park...

Are you looking forward to racing at Donington Park?
Sylvain Guintoli: I'm definitely looking forward to racing at Donington Park. It's the first track that I've been to this season that I have previous racing experience at, due to my time in MotoGP. I live in a village about 20 minutes away from the circuit, so it also feels like my home round.
Leon Camier: Yes definitely. I know the guys at Airwaves Yamaha have been working hard on developing the bikes since Oulton Park so I can't wait to see how we go.

Where do you think the race will be won or lost?
Sylvain Guintoli: I think experience will play a part in deciding where the race will be won or lost. The good thing for us is that I know the circuit very well.
Leon Camier: In the last few corners, from the chicane down to Melbourne Hairpin and then the last corner itself. I think this is where we'll be at a slight disadvantage on the Airwaves Yamaha so we'll focus our work here at the start of the weekend.

Where does Donington Park rate among your favourite circuits?
Sylvain Guintoli: I do like Donington Park as I've had some good races there, so it always feels like a very positive place.
Leon Camier: I really like Donington Park. I like that it's fast and flowing but still quite a technically challenging circuit.

What are your fondest memories of the circuit?
Sylvain Guintoli: I met my wife there in 2003, so I'd have to say that this is my strongest memory of the circuit. It's brought me some good times, and some trouble too!
Leon Camier: To be honest, I've not had a great deal of success at Donington Park previously, but it's not been that unlucky either!

What's been the secret to your success so far this season?
Sylvain Guintoli: The season's going really well. I don't think that there is a secret as such. I just feel that I'm in a great team and feel really confident, so everything is flowing. I've never tried the Superbike class before, but it seems to really suit my riding style and the results have followed
Leon Camier: If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret would it!? But seriously, credit has to go to the Airwaves Yamaha team and the guys at GSE Racing who are behind it. It's well known that we didn't have any time testing before the first round, but the hard work, experience and expertise of the team got us to where we are, which is leading the Championship!

Who do you think are your competitors for the championship title this year?
Sylvain Guintoli: Leon Camier is definitely one of the title challengers. He has been consistent and will remain that way for the rest of the season. There will be others that will challenge at the front of the field, including Karl Harris and Stuart Easton, whose smooth riding style will suit Donington Park well.
Leon Camier: This year's Championship is incredibly competitive. Guintoli for definite is a real title contender. Richards and Easton have been consistent, and then of course there's my teammate James.

What would winning the BSB title mean to you?
Sylvain Guintoli: Winning the title is what I'm aiming for. I haven't won a series in a few years, so it's encouraging to be back on the podium already this season. It would also be fantastic for Suzuki and for the Worx Crescent team as they have put in a lot of effort to produce a really competitive bike. But for now we're just concentrating on each race at a time, starting with Donington Park this weekend.
Leon Camier: A great deal, it's what I have been working towards since joining the Championship in 2007. It would hopefully go some way to paying back Jewson and the GSE Group for all the support they've given me since the very early days of my career.

If you had a message to send to your rivals, what would it be?
Sylvain Guintoli: Watch out!
Leon Camier: Slow down!