Leon Camier began his second MotoGP weekend with 22nd place in Friday practice for the Czech Republic Grand Prix.

The Englishman, substituting for the injured Nicky Hayden at the Open class Aspar Honda team, arrived at Brno buoyed by a highly impressive debut at Indianapolis.

Camier reached as high as 16th during qualifying in the USA, but the dry-wet Friday weather interrupted his learning curve.

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"At Indianapolis we understood the direction to take to improve, so today we worked with that in mind. We are trying to take another step forward, to try to brake later and turn the bike in better. The adaptation was relatively simple, but trying to push more on this bike is another matter.

"This morning I felt comfortable in the dry, but in the afternoon I found it hard to understand how to use the tyres and set the bike up for the wet. It is important to continue gaining confidence and find out where the limits of this bike are. There is no doubt that the main keys to further progress with my confidence are tyres and brakes.

"With this bike you need to load weight on the front to help you to turn in quickly. I had hoped to continue to learn about the bike and take steps forward, but the rain this afternoon hindered that a bit. Still, I'm happy because the team have once again helped me a lot to learn from the different situations that I've encountered so far."