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MotoGP Silverstone: Camier 'I couldn't show my best today'

“I couldn't show my best today, which was disappointing” - Leon Camier.
A braking issue led to a frustrating British MotoGP for stand-in home star Leon Camier, who finished just outside the points in 16th.

The former BSB champion and WSBK frontrunner was competing in his third event as a replacement for the injured Nicky Hayden at the Drive M7 Aspar team and aiming to build on a debut point for 15th place at Brno.

Camier made up three places on the opening Silverstone lap to hold the final point scoring position, but his fears of a braking issue were soon confirmed.

“I think we could have done more. As soon as I went out I felt that something was wrong with the brakes. They didn't slow me down like they normally do and I nearly ran off the track on the warm-up lap,” Camier revealed.

“I got a good start and made some really good passes, but I soon knew something definitely wasn't right with the brakes. I kept running deep and couldn't brake as I wanted. Then the lever started to come back to the 'bar which took me a couple of laps to sort out.

“I haven't had a brake fade problems before so something was different for sure.

“I had to change my style totally because the bike just wasn't slowing me down the way I wanted. Frustrating to be honest. And then I just struggled with some grip issues. It was sliding a lot on the rear.

“I couldn't show my best today, which was disappointing. I feel like I'm not riding like I can. Not confident. I can't get off on the gas and roll out of the turn like a want to. I was trying to ride as best I could but we are missing something. We need testing and to change something drastically on the bike to make it work better.”

Camier finished 6.5s Alex de Angelis and the final point, with Aspar team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama a fraction further ahead.

The Aspar team is yet to confirm if Camier will continue at Misano or if Hayden will be fit to return.

Tagged as: Honda , Leon Camier

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