Leon Camier has expressed his surprise at landing a clear pole position in the second round of the ViSK.com British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park.
The Airwaves Yamaha rider left it late to complete his final flying lap having just made it round to reach chequered flag, but made amends with a lap time of 1min 35.657secs, three tenths quicker than Stuart Easton.
Indeed, Camier was convinced Easton's best time would be enough to secure pole position and that he would be targeting the front row at best.
Nonetheless, a smooth conclusion to the lap would see him secure a maiden spot at the front of the grid for both himself and the new Yamaha R1.
“To be honest, I didn't think it would happen,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “I didn't expect to produce that lap time because it is a fair bit quicker than I have managed around here before. We managed to get out in time to get one flying lap in and, I don't know how I did it, but I pulled it out the bag.
“I was thinking I might get on the front row. Then I saw Stuart's lap and I didn't think I could go as fast as that. But I managed to find another seven tenths, which shows just how far the Yamaha has come.”
Camier's pole position comes after previously predicting the Yamaha's power deficit would harm their chances around Oulton Park. Nonetheless, with the factory specification engine still to come, Camier is confident there is plenty more speed in reserve.
“Every time I am on the bike we are making massive steps, so fingers crossed we can continue working as we are. We still have a factory engine to come, so there is quite a bit of horsepower to come.”