Leon Camier has described his victory in the opening round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch as 'amazing' after winning on his debut with the Airwaves Yamaha R1.
Less than a week after he told Crash.net
that he was playing down his title chances in 2009, Camier leaves Brands Hatch just seven points adrift of Sylvain Guintoli after scything his way up from fifth on the grid to win comfortably.
Executing a series of impressive overtaking manoeuvres, despite lacking straight-line speed, Camier may have come away from the opening round with the lead of the standings after running off the road in race one whilst running in third.
Nonetheless, having hinted at his pace with a fight back from ninth to fourth in just 14 laps, Camier promptly made amends in race two, much to his delight.
“After the first race I knew I had the pace to be on the podium, but to win is amazing. In the first race I made a few mistakes which really cost me but the performance of the YZF R1 was faultless.
“I'm looking forward to Oulton Park to get some more time on the bike and continue its development and I don't see why we can't be competitive there too. I must say a massive thank you to everyone at Airwaves Yamaha, GSE Group and Jewson for making this win today possible.”
Camier's victory is Yamaha's first in the BSB since Tommy Hill in 2005 at Cadwell Park.