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Camier 'feeling positive' for second half of season
11 June 2012
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier was feeling positive following the seventh round of the World Superbike Championship at Misano, where the British ace finished tenth in race one.
Camier crashed out of the second race while holding ninth position but escaped unhurt and remounted to finish in 15th on the Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000.
And although he admitted his results 'didn't look great', Camier is happy with his potential on the Suzuki following the San Marino round in Italy.
“I know the results don't look great, but I'm pretty happy with our potential today - especially race two,” he said.
“We made a bit of a gamble with the settings in race one, because the conditions were quite a bit cooler than they had been, but the settings weren't spot on and the grip wasn't too good, so the tyres wore out pretty quickly.
“I rode as hard as I could, kept a consistent pace and finished 10th.”
Reflecting on his race two crash, Camier said he lost the front end at Turn Four.
“The bike felt really good in race two and I was lapping quickly from the start. I made a lot of progress and was enjoying myself passing people.
“Everything felt comfortable until a tip-off in turn four,” he explained.
“I think I might have gone in a bit slower and tighter than normal and the front suddenly folded and down I went.
“I got back on the bike and, a lap later, I was just four-tenths-of-a-second slower than my previous best lap.”
Camier's pace in race two has filled him with optimism and he remains confident of challenging the leading riders in the second half of the season.
“During the race I set times equal to all the top guys except [Max] Biaggi,” he said.
“I was the fastest rider in sector four, second in sector five and third in sector one, that shows how well the FIXI Crescent Suzuki was going - probably the best it's been all year.
“I feel really positive after today and now all we have to do is nail qualifying and we'll be up there fighting with the fast guys for sure.”
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