WSBK » Camier makes transition to 2012 Suzuki

"By day three, Leon was running two 2012 spec bikes and looking pretty comfortable" - Jack Valentine.

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 9:42 AM

Yes - by bike racer standards he is very tall at 6 foot 2 or 3 (depending which source). But when you meet him in person he seems perfectly normal and a lot of the other riders look like midgets!


February 16, 2012 10:19 AM

On the right bike Leon is world class.
In hindsight the Aprilia ride wasn't right for him but put him on the world stage but I am sure leon will thrive at Crescent Suzuki.
Good luck Leon.

reading between the lines - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 11:04 AM

well the aprillia seems to suit a world champ on it and looks like laverty can ride it,so jayne what is the right bike for camier? is it the suzuki,commit yourself,or is it some other bike,dont say a yam plz cos the one he rode in bsb had an electronics package that cost more than some teams,he wont ever have that advantage again in racing


February 16, 2012 11:08 AM

@ Jayne - Agree with you. Leon Camier is a brilliant rider who has just had a bad deal so far. I also think the Suzuki will be a much better bike for him and that he will do really well this year. I predict a top 5 finish at the end of the year at least!


February 16, 2012 11:12 AM

The Aprillia bike was built for Max Biaggi - it's tiny like the man himself. Leon Camier, at over 6ft was never going to fit- no way, shape or form! Leon did an excellent job cramming himself on to that Aprillia and did as best he could. Eugene Laverty is also much smaller in stature so fits the Aprillia much better than Leon ever could. It makes a big difference if your arms, legs and half your body is sticking out all over the place!!!

Boo - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 11:24 AM

Agreed, Camier deserves better than what Aprilia gave him. The RSV4 is a good bike, but it was being developed for Biaggi by a team that was built around Biaggi. Any team-mate was always going to have a harder time than most, especially for Camier as a rookie trying to prove himself.

I'm really hoping the same fate doesn't befall Laverty, but he is the antithesis of Biaggi in terms of being so relaxed and laid back, so I think he'll rise above it regardless. After all, it can't be easy joining a team with a rider that stipulates that he can never have an Italian team-mate...

As for Camier, when things work, they work well and it's easy to forget he was on the podium 7 times in two years, which is more than most. He just needs to string it together this year.

On a side note, other than WSBK, does the RSV4 enjoy success anywhere else in the world? It doesn't seem to be a popular SBK or SSTK option...


February 16, 2012 11:34 AM

Leon's dedication and determination to do his best on the tiny Aprilia has left him with muscle and joint problems.
He also contracted Glandular Fever which also hampered his racing.
I have do doubt that the Suzuki will suit him better and as for the 2009 Yamaha the whole package suited him and we will never the sort of dominance he demonstrated in 2009 again.
Feel sorry for Laverty as he has got to ride in a team that only has time for Biaggi. The fact that he is trying so hard to impress the team is commendable but the fact that he is already injured is a worry.

Welshyy - Unregistered

February 16, 2012 11:41 AM

He's doing really well I must say as its only testing again and trying new parts ready for the championship, I'm just glad that he got a good team backup and they gonna listen to him and make changes, unlike aprilla which unfortunately he had to ride what he was giving. Another following example skyes on the yams was in the same situtation, now look at him!!!!

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