Camier 'struggling' with illess

Leon Camier puts his participation at this weekend's World Superbike opener at Phillip Island in doubt after admitting to struggling with his illness on day one of action.
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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February 25, 2011 1:44 PM

Riding a pushbike would be tough with glandular fever, let alone a superbike at race pace. I'm surprised he's still trying to compete this weekend. Better to take the long term view IMO and not risk injury.

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February 25, 2011 1:59 PM

This is going to be very hard for Leon this weekend , but he is a racer !!!!!!!! Here's wishing him a fast recovery and all the best for the season. I think i'm Leons biggest fan , so what ever is decided for the weekend , i hope its the right one !! Good Luck to all the riders, I will be watching .

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