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Camier breaks top five but laments qualifying

29 March 2010

Leon Camier says he will need to improve his performance in qualifying if he is to make the most of his increasingly rapid race pace, the reigning British Superbike Champion claiming he could have been challenging at the front had he started higher.

On the day when Aprilia took double victory in the hands of Max Biaggi, Camier courted his own attention with a run to fifth position in both races after a battling his way up from 11th on the grid.

Indeed, Camier's effort was made all the more notable by his speed during the latter stages of the race, particularly in the second encounter when he set the second fastest lap of the race on lap 15.

As such, despite the career-best results, Camier is aware of what he needs to do in order to forge forward in the coming races.

“First I want to congratulate my teammate Max and the whole Alitalia Aprilia team on their double win today,” he said. “They really deserved it.

“Today's been pretty hard work. Coming from 11th on the grid to finish fifth meant passing a lot of fast riders. It's a little frustrating as in both races I had good pace towards the end - I was getting faster and faster and could see I was reeling in the guys out front.

“Going forward, I know I need to improve on my qualifying performance and my race starts in order to be right up there with them. I'm now really looking forward to the next Round in Valencia. The plan will be to piece it all together, and hopefully we should be really strong.”


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