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Camier, Hopkins dogged by technical gremlins

2 July 2012

The Fixi Crescent Suzuki team had little to cheer at Motorland Aragon after Leon Haslam and John Hopkins were both dogged by technical issues.

Camier finished ninth in race one on the Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000 after starting from 14th position on the grid, but the Briton was ruled out of race two when he was forced to retire at the end of lap 17.

American Hopkins also registered a DNF in the second race after crossing the line in 15th place in race one to score a single world championship point.

Hopkins, who qualified in 21st position, had been running in 12th place in the early stages of the race before a series of mistakes saw him lose places.

Camier said: “The funny thing is that I felt that I was riding really well today. I was all over most of the other riders in the turns and on the brakes, but was losing out on acceleration out of the slow corners.

“On the back straight, I was losing somewhere between three and five tenths-of-a-second and that's hard to make up in this level of competition.

“The wind was quite strong today and it affected our braking points and it was easy to overshoot the corners - especially the slow hairpin at the end of the back straight,” he said.

“I am really happy with the chassis of my Fixi Crescent Suzuki and I feel that the electronics have improved quite a bit recently.

“If we can improve the acceleration out of the turns and get a bit more power, I think that our bike is capable of competing with the best.”

Hopkins, whose season has been blighted by injury, was unable to hide his disappointment after a weekend to forget in Spain.

“On a day like today, it's hard to say much at all. I didn't make a great start in the first race, but managed to settle into some kind of rhythm.

“As the race wore on, I made a few mistakes and ran off the track a couple of times and at this level, it's so hard to get back into contention,” he added.

“I managed to get into the points, but I felt it should've been better.

“In race two, the bike felt slow, more or less from the start, and then it got worse, so I had to pull in.

“You get days like today in racing sometimes, but it's never easy to deal with when the problem is not of your own making,” Hopkins said.

"I am sure the team will work hard to make sure it doesn't happen again.”


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