Interview with Leon Camier

“[Aprilia] told me that Max Biaggi had a different engine. They actually told me. And that was it, I had 100% different kit” - Leon Camier.
By Christian Tiburtius

An exclusive and wide ranging interview with FIXI Crescent Suzuki star Leon Camier, conducted prior to the Assen WSBK round...
What are you doing in Andorra?

Leon Camier:
It's just a great place to live really. For training it's absolutely perfect, you can ride you trial bike straight out into the mountains. The weather is usually perfect sunshine.

There are obviously other benefits though, but if you're into outdoor sports and training it doesn't get any better. They speak Catalan here, but you can get away with Spanish, so I'm taking Spanish lessons and my Spanish is slowly getting there.
What's your motivation for racing?

Leon Camier:
The buzz is when you perform at your best, and of course winning. You sort of get over the kick of riding a fast bike particularly if you're not getting results. It's the achievement and results you're after.

Having said that, if you have a massive highside at 200 mph it's still pretty exciting and you can get a kick out of that for sure.
Did you say a massive highside is exciting?

Leon Camier:
Yeah, you get a buzz from it, when you get away with it - it's just exciting. Racing at high speed close to other people is also great, but it's when you come out on top that it's even better.
Doesn't looking back on an accident like that make you feel frightened?

Leon Camier:
The important thing is knowing why it happened. It's when you have crashes where you don't know why it happened that you get a little scared.
How about your dreadful accident at Cadwell Park in 2007?

Leon Camier:
I knew why I crashed and exactly why I hurt myself, it wasn't a scary thing, it is what it is. It happens, you get over it and you come back strong.

Until you get back on the bike and are back up to speed again though you can't really be sure. When you get back on and start getting the feeling back the crash just goes out of your head. You can't have thoughts like that if you want to go fast.

I've seen the accident online and it really doesn't bother me, like I say, it is what it is.
What were your perspectives on your years at Aprilia, was it really Max Biaggi's team?

Leon Camier:

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The Swooper - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 5:31 PM

Regardless of what happened at Aprilia, this guy's hard as nails. To overcome a pretty serious injury, a terrible grid position and a slow bike to finish 7th is pretty epic. He's going to come good eventually.

TC - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 4:53 PM

And don't forget Aprillia offered Leon the ride for this season, before going for Guintoli, which he turned down. It just shows why as you would not turn down a ride like that without good reason.

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