Camier shines on debut outing

Leon Camier made his mark on proceedings during the opening day of competition at Donington Park by topping his first ever World Superbike session for more than 40 minutes.

Looking to translate some of their dominant form from the British Superbike Championship to ultra competitive world stage, wild-cards Airwaves Yamaha were consistent top ten figures throughout much of the day.

Camier was the team's star performer, leading the way for much of the free practice session before an improvement by Yamaha counterpart Ben Spies denied him a perfect start to his WSBK debut.

Lauding the strength of the Pirelli tyres, although Camier admits he was lacking some consistency through the day, he is confident he can improve on his provisional sixth on the grid.

"The pace is fast out there! That was my first reaction when we got on track. There's also a big difference with the tyres. Particularly on the front, they feel a lot more stable. I was happy with our pace in practice, but I wanted to be more consistent.

“We got a lot of positives out of first qualifying. There should be more to come out of the Airwaves Yamaha tomorrow. As expected, the weekend is going to be tough, but we're working really well so I'm still excited."

On the other side of the garage, team-mate James Ellison wasn't so pleased with his eventual 12th position, claiming he is struggling to hit the corner apexes. Nonetheless, he is confident there is more progress to come.

"We got an ok start to the weekend but there's more work to do. The World Superbike Pirelli tyres feel a lot different and took some time to get used to. We tried a few different settings and built up some ideas for the first Qualifying session.

“This afternoon we definitely saw some improvements but the wet weather made things difficult. At the moment I'm struggling to get into the corners and hit the apex. I'll work with the Airwaves Yamaha team this evening and look at where we can make more progress tomorrow."

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June 27, 2009 3:03 AM

Of course he smoked the plane. Pilot radioed about some bogey approaching at six o'clock and then said, no make that separating at twelve o'clock at Mach. This is a very good showing for Camier. It's a strong field of racers out there so his day was impressive.

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