Camier shows fighting spirit on debut

Leon Camier confirmed his potential as a World Superbike Championship racer at Donington Park with a run to sixth position on a weekend that he described as otherwise 'stressful'.

The runaway British Superbike Championship leader was making a high-profile debut as a wild-card at Donington Park, the Airwaves Yamaha rider immediately impressing on day one with the second quickest time in free practice.

However, his weekend would take a dramatic turn for the worse during provisional qualifying when a crash at the Craner Curves destroyed his number one bike.

Qualifying in 17th position aboard his standard spare bike, Camier's team worked hard to give him a better bike for the races, which they duly managed.

Although bad starts on both occasions left Camier outside the top twenty, he made considerable progress through the races, particularly in the second when he scythed his way up to an eventual sixth position.

However, while Camier was certainly pleased with his eventual result, he lamented the amount of problems in getting to that point.

“It was a stressful weekend,” he told Radio. “In the BSB, everything has been running smoothly, but this weekend we have had nothing but problems. The first session went well, the pace was fast and we were really confident we could go faster, but every session from then on went wrong!

“To get a sixth in the second race from the 22nd we were at the end of the first lap is pretty amazing. Airwaves Yamaha pulled it out of the bag this weekend because I wrote off our number one bike and we qualified with the standard spare bike, so to do the times we've been doing is good!”

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john - Unregistered

June 29, 2009 5:22 PM

2007 championship 6th sykes stobart honda (rookie of the year) 279pts. 8th camier 199pts bike animal honda 199pts. 9th crutchlow rizla suzuki 152pts. 2008 championship 3rd crutchlow hm plant honda 318pts. 4th sykes rizla suzuki 316pts 316pts. 5th camier airwaves ducati 306pts. sykes jumped on a suzuki that crutchlow couldn't ride, took twice as many points and moved it five places up the championship.sykes is doing exactly what yamaha expect from him, learning the tracks,getting data and finishing high enough for a rookie year to ride for them next year and thats where he will be next year.

ash8gow - Unregistered

June 29, 2009 6:04 PM

john, remember that in 2007 camier missed the last three rounds with his injuries from cadwell and up to than he was just as quick riding the fireblade as Rea and Kiyo on the Hm plant bikes, and tom was also on a blade so maby leon and tom are closer in talent than you think? just a thought.

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