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WSBK Assen: Camier defies injury with superb fight-back
29 April 2013
Leon Camier has gained positions in the overall World Superbike Championship standings after battling against both his knee injury and a back of the grid position to score two impressive top ten finishes at Assen.
Having completed no more than four consecutive laps in the run up to the races in an effort to preserve his wounded knee, injured in a massive high-side just two weeks earlier at Motorland Aragon -, Camier made excellent progress in both 22 lap races.
Putting in some aggressive passes to bely his compromised physical conditions, Camier would cross the line ninth in race one before going even better on the way to seventh in race two, following a tussle with Jules Cluzel.
Though Camier admits he feels as though his leg is 'in bits' after the races, he believes he could have been more competitive if he hadn't had to start 18th, a consequence of technical issues in Q2.
"I am really happy considering the way everything has gone this weekend. In the first race we changed the set-up dramatically from the warm-up and took a gamble, but then in the second race we changed it a lot again, but this time we made it feel more like the bike I am used to.
“I felt like I had the pace to run towards the front and I was making some big passes in race two and then got caught up with Jules and he really battled me. I got frustrated because I thought I could have got to the front group, but we lost out a bit and then I was in a sort of a race of my own.
“If I could have got to the group ahead I think I would have been comfortable and probably got a good result. Overall I am happy, even though at the end of the race my leg and body felt as if they were in bits; I was just pleased to finish both races."
Having been forced to sit out both races at Motorland Aragon, Camier has moved up to 11th position in the overall standings, just behind his team-mate.