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Camier carrying injury to Nurburgring
6 September 2012
Leon Camier insists he won't be allow a hip injury hamper his progress at the Nurburgring as he looks to build on his top five finish at the Moscow Raceway.
The FIXI Crescent Suzuki rider cracked the top five for only the second time this season in Russia, despite feeling the effects of a hip injury sustained in a collision with Loris Baz earlier in the weekend.
Since then, Camier has visited an osteopath, who confirmed he has suffered muscle damage, but he is sure the ailment won't slow him down when action gets underway in Germany.
“I saw my osteopath yesterday and he told me that there is some damage to the muscle above my right hip. I'm a little stiff, but it's not going to affect me on the bike and I'm looking forward to riding this weekend. The Nurburgring hasn't been particularly lucky for me - I broke my wrist there in 2010 and last year the weather was awful.
“I like the track, with its ups and downs and it has a few interesting technical places where you have to know what you are doing. I'm not sure how the FIXI Crescent Suzuki will go round there, but we've made good progress recently and hopefully we can qualify well and have a good weekend.”
Like Camier, team-mate John Hopkins hasn't enjoyed the best of fortune at the Nurburgring, his last visit in 2009 ending when a fall from the Stiggy Honda saw him get run over and knocked out. Three years on, he is hoping for better luck.
“I don't have any good memories of the Nürburgring, because the last time I was there in 2009 I was run over on the first lap of race one and got knocked out! What I do remember is that it's quite a technical circuit, with a bit of everything and also many elevation changes. There's a mix of fast and twisty corners but I think the FIXI Crescent Suzuki's chassis should work pretty well there.
“We've had our best races of the season in the last two rounds and I think we'll continue to get better. I'm going to Nurburgring with the hopes of getting our best results this season and I'll be doing everything possible to finish both races inside of the top-five.”