Leon Camier has apologised to his Aprilia Alitalia team after two errors at the same corner in both races prevented him from finishing any higher than 11th on each occasion.
Camier was making his full-time World Superbike debut at Phillip Island, but despite showing good speed over the course of the weekend, a mistake in qualifying and in the races left him with relatively little to show for.
Starting 16th after falling during Superpole, Camier made swift progress during race one, getting to the front of a battle for seventh before becoming embroiled in a tussle for fourth involving Jonathan Rea, team-mate Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa.
However, Camier's hopes of securing a career-best result came to an end on lap fifteen when he out-braked himself at Honda, the reigning British Superbike champion choosing the escape road in order to avoid collecting Biaggi. Dropping to 14th, he made it to 11th in the five remaining laps.
“In race one I went off track to avoid hitting my team-mate when I overshot whilst braking,” he said. “I then just had to push as hard as I could to make up as many positions as possible.”
It was a similar story in race two, Camier rising to seventh after a quick start before running off again at Honda after shifting into the wrong gear. His recovery would see him finish in 11th position once more.
“I'm very sorry about all of the mistakes I made today. Race two started well, I managed to pick up a lot of places in the first couple of corners. I was with the lead group right behind Carlos Checa who immediately passed James Toseland. When I attempted to pass Toseland, we ended up going a bit wide. Then I shifted into the wrong gear and overshot at pretty much the same place as in race one.”
Despite the outcome, Camier was otherwise pleased with his outright pace, even if he has identified he needs to improve his single lap pace in Superpole.
“I'm really disappointed as my lap times were very good and I think we could have had an excellent result. We've improved a lot, but I wasted a good opportunity.
“I'm looking forward to getting to the next round at Portimao. It's a track I know well and I intend to keep up with the leaders. There's still a lot of work to do and areas where we can make improvements, especially during Superpole. But my race pace this weekend is really encouraging.”