Interview with Leon Camier

I really can't be sure about my possibilities of riding at Assen, I am going to try though. The problem will be strength because Assen is such a physical circuit. I think I'll be able to ride but if I do I won't be as strong as I want to be.

I'm particularly frustrated because I like Assen and have done well there.
In general, what would you say your strengths and weaknesses are as a rider?

Leon Camier:
My strength I would say is race day and being quick at the end of races and weaknesses include qualifying and making bad starts. Qualifying is something I need to improve on and if I can get away with everyone else I should be able to get a result.

My height isn't really an issue on the Suzuki like it was on the Aprilia, my weight is probably more of a problem. When you look at riders like Marco Melandri and Jules Cluzel, that's a big chunk of weight to give away. I would be in favour of a bike and rider combined weight limit like in Moto2. I can't see how that would be a bad thing, it would mean that racing would be more fair for people like me and Loris Baz
You mentioned about enjoying fighting it out with other riders as a motivation for racing, do you prefer leading from the front or fighting in the pack?

Leon Camier:
I enjoy being in the pack for sure. I remember the way we had the Yamaha set up wasn't good for starts so often I'd be nowhere on the first lap so I would have to work my way forward. I absolutely loved passing and battling my way to the front. I've always thought that I can generally pass quite well.
Riders often talk about electronics holding them back, would it be a good idea to get rid of them to remove that variable?

Leon Camier:
In a way I agree that there too many electronics on bikes, I could quite easily not run electronics and be perfectly happy. Having said that though it's a big part of bike racing and it is something that we have to get on with. For me it's just another aspect of bike racing it's another challenging aspect to get right and it's the same for everyone.

One thing I would say is that in some places I like having them just from the safety point of view. Running at Monza for example in the wet without electronics could be horrifically dangerous. If you had a little highside in the wrong place, which is easy to do there, you've only got 2 meters of grass and then a barrier the whole way round the track.
What is Simon Crafar new job with the team?

Leon Camier:
He's basically on track spotting and watching what we're up to. It's probably not as big a benefit for me as it is for Jules. Having someone with experience there helping you find what you're doing wrong is helping to cut Jules' learning time massively no doubt. For me I've got a years more experience on the bike and know more what I want to get out of it but even then he can give us some input for us to move in a useful direction.
What would you say is the worst state you have lined up on the grid in?

Leon Camier:
Not with broken bones or anything where I can barely ride. Honestly if I ride at Assen that'll probably be the worst
How is your friend Casey Stoner doing?

Leon Camier:
I haven't seen him for a bit but he's coming over here when he's back in Europe. I talked to him the other day and he's doing really good, he's doing a lot of fishing, no doubt about that.
Do you know that it was your excellent performance in BSB which caused the new shootout points scoring format?

Leon Camier:
Yes for sure, but I don't feel guilty! It looks like a good thing for spectators, from the riders point of view though, I'm not so sure. I probably wouldn't like it myself given that you can work all year winning races and then have it taken away.
But it did gave us the incredible Tommy Hill/Hopper 2011 season climax race

Leon Camier:
Absolutely phenomenal, best race ever!
Why are you sometimes known as 'Shafter'?

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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