Camier hints at potential in Portugal

Leon Camier finishes sixth and seventh in only his second World Superbike appearance with Aprilia.
Leon Camier gave his chances of securing a full-time ride with Aprilia Racing in 2010 a significant boost with an impressive double top ten finish at the World Superbike season finale in Portugal.

Competing in his second event with the Italian team, although Camier's debut at Magny-Cours didn't go entirely to plan following a mechanical failure induced double DNF, he showed signs of improvement from the off around the unfamiliar Portimao circuit.

Qualifying 13th, three positions higher than he managed in France, Camier made swift progress in both races, showing 'aggression' in a bid to make up positions.

It was a successful strategy, Camier ending the weekend with a sixth and seventh place finish, ahead of several more experienced competitors. For reference, Camier's predecessor, Shinya Nakano, managed to score more points over a weekend just once this season.

“I gave it my all in both races," said Camier, “and we achieved two good placements. In Race one I started off well and during the first three laps I was very aggressive while trying to recover positions, I made a few mistakes but they helped me to better understand the bike and to ride it better.

“In race two I was much less aggressive, I immediately set a good pace and I made fewer errors. I'm happy about how things went also because at the end of the races I was able to hold off competitors that have much more experience than me."

Camier's performance is likely to have improved his chances of getting the last available factory-backed seat on the 2010 World Superbike grid, particularly as the new British Superbike Champion will remain in Portugal to ride with Aprilia during the two-day post-season test.

Tagged as: Leon Camier , Portimao , Portugal

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pp916 - Unregistered

October 27, 2009 12:42 PM

We were there all 3 days and the way Leon developed over the weekend was very impressive, especially considering he'd never been to the track before, and believe me its not going to be an easy one to learn! Only one tenth behind Biaggi in raceday warm-up and finished 2 secs behind him, and closing, in race 2...a better grid position would have had him running with the front group in both races. You could tell by his body language at the end of the 2nd race that he had given it everything. If he continues on the same path during the test he surely has to be in.......


October 27, 2009 4:50 PM

@ Sweeble I have nothing against Shakey but it would be criminal not to have Leon on the Aprilia next year. If Shakey is Max's teammate the combined age of the time would be knocking on 100 :-) Leon is young, fast and deserves the ride. Better to give the ride to an up and coming young rider than a rider at the end of his career.

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