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Camier celebrates maiden WSBK podium

The reigning British Superbike Champion stands on the World Superbike podium for the first time at Assen.
Leon Camier insists he is 'looking at the glass half-full' after securing the best result of his career at Assen, even if an accident later in the day prevented him from making it a clean sweep of podiums.

Continuing his rapid trajectory towards the front of the WSBK field, having led a race for the first time at Valencia and qualified for the top eight shootout at Assen, Camier was confident he could translate his improving form into a first podium at this level.

It was a result he would go on to achieve in the first race of the day, Camier dicing for the win with Jonathan Rea and James Toseland to cross the line just 1.2secs behind the winner.

However, Camier's hopes of repeating the result in race two would be dashed by a spectacular fall little more than a lap from the finish line, much to his frustration.

"I'm obviously very pleased with race one, my first WSBK podium, but crashing just two laps from the end of the second race really disappointed me. In the second part of the race I was very fast, the tyres slipped, but that was the same for everyone.

“Unfortunately I lost a lot of time behind Toseland; he was riding in strange lines which made him very difficult to overtake. Once in third place I saw the gap with Haslam getting smaller and I wanted to push for it by braking late, but I lost the bike and crashed.”

Furthermore, Camier's failure to finish in three of the last four races means he is currently still languishing outside the top ten in the overall standings. However, he is now assured of his pace at this level and is confident the results will come as the season progresses.

“We'll have to look at the glass as half full: we worked well, growing throughout the weekend, and this can't help but favour us for the next races. This week we have plans to test in Misano and this will allow me increase my familiarity with my Aprilia.”



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Motojunky

April 26, 2010 12:35 AM

Out of the top bunch, he was the one that looked most ragged. When he refines that he will only be better. In regard to Max, he fought his way up from 10th and then just hung behind Camier.Watched everything unfold in front to finish 4th. Smart ride. Awesome race.

Widz

April 25, 2010 10:11 PM

If you watched superpole you could see he was fastest when he followed Halsam. In the races he was quick when following others and was clearly on the edge as seen by the constant pointless lunges under JT. So the crash wasnt a surprise. However, hes as good as the other brits and deserves the podium at last, more than Nakano ever did. Good job.



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