Leon Camier is refusing to be defeated by the effects of his glandular fever, despite admitting the illness is stopping him from concentrating on riding.

Having been laid low throughout the week, the Aprilia rider was diagnosed with the ailment shortly before he hit the track for the opening round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island.

Adding to his woe, Camier suffered a fall during FP1 and while he soldiered on to end the day in 16th position, putting him provisionally into tomorrow's Superpole shootout, he concedes he is struggling generally.

"Unfortunately my performance is affected by the ailment," he said. "Already after a few laps I'm struggling to breathe and in general I'm not able to concentrate on my riding.

"This hinders me from understanding best what needs to be done for the bike setup, above all because I can't take my RSV4 to the limit. Now I'm just thinking about resting. We have a lot of work to do tomorrow so I need to recover... at least a bit."

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