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WSBK Assen: Camier last on the grid, may not see finish

27 April 2013

In addition to battling against his painful knee injury, Leon Camier will also be forced to battle from last spot on the grid at Assen after technical issues prevented him from setting a time in Q2, though the man himself admits he may not see the chequered flag anyway.

The Briton has been soldiering on through the pain barrier at Assen this weekend, just two weeks after an accident at Motorland Aragon left him with a serious knee injury that required surgery.

Despite this, Camier has been circulating competitively this weekend, but was prevented from showing what he could do in Superpole after a problem with his Fixi Crescent Suzuki consigned him to the pit lane for the entirety of Q2.

With his wet lap time from Q1 easily surpassed by every other rider in the field, Camier will be forced to start 19th and last for the two races. Despite this, Camier admits he remains unsure of whether his fitness levels will allow him to do two full races anyway.

“Considering how many laps I've done – and that last session was only a few – I was actually quite happy to be ninth quickest in the free practice and be only 0.6 seconds off the fastest time. It feels like I'm not meant to ride this weekend, with the way things have gone, but I still have the races to come!

“We have some options for settings and we're not sure which way to go. We have one that I normally run and another that I have been trying which we think has some potential, so we will need to look at things and make the decision, but from last on the grid there is not a lot I can do and it will be pretty difficult to get a good result.

“I have to see if my knee can stand up to race distance as well though, because I've only done four laps at the maximum before it has started hurting. I don't know if I can do the whole race or not, I'll give it my best and just have to see what happens.”

Team-mate Jules Cluzel, meanwhile, enjoyed better luck, reaching Superpole before going on to qualify in tenth position.

“I am a little bit disappointed because I think it was possible to be in Superpole 3. I made a couple of mistakes with the qualifying tyre, because it caused some chatter in the left corners and I nearly crashed twice, so I had to stop pushing. My best lap-time was with a race tyre and it was quite good – like at Aragon – but with the qualifier I am sure I could have gone faster and made the final session.

“I am looking to improve my feeling on the bike tomorrow because I need to be more consistent after a few laps, so we need to do some work tonight. I hope that we can improve things for Sunday and have two good races.”


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