Leon Camier continued to excel during his second day on a MotoGP bike, qualifying 16th out of 23 riders at Indianapolis!

Drafted in to replace the injured Nicky Hayden, the Englishman began Saturday by cutting the gap to the top from 3.5 to 2.5s, lifting himself from the bottom of the timesheets in the process.

Final practice then saw Camier rise to 17th and just 2.2s adrift before finishing in the front half of the Qualifying 1 field. The former BSB champion and WSBK podium finisher also beat Aspar regular Hiroshi Aoyama by two places.

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"I'm really happy today because we made a big step forward and I really enjoyed myself on the bike," said Camier. "We made a clear plan yesterday, which was to make the bike as easy for me to ride as possible. Everything is new to me so I have to learn as much as I possibly can this weekend.

"You can tell that this is an experienced team because they are able to help me go faster every time I go out and make the bike more and more comfortable for me to ride. Thanks to the hard work of the mechanics I am adapting quite quickly to the bike but I still have a lot to learn, such as the limits of the tyres and the suspension.

"We performed well today but the hardest part is still to come. Sometimes when you start out from scratch it is easy to make quick progress but you get to a certain point and things slow down.

"Anyway, I am really looking forward to tomorrow. It's too soon to predict a result, the goal for me is to get some more laps under my belt and learn as much as I can. I am sure that in the race I'll learn more than the rest of the weekend put together."

Camier, left without a full time ride this season after being dropped by Crescent Suzuki, is also confirmed at Aspar for next weekend's Brno round.