Improving Camier still looking for better

The Briton believes he is yet to unleash his best on the Aprilia RSV-4 as he gets into his second World Superbike season.
Leon Camier has hinted he is yet to tap his full potential on the Aprilia RSV-4 as sets his sights on scoring his first World Superbike Championship wins in 2011.

The former British Superbike Champion is embarking on his sophomore campaign with the 2010 title-winning Aprilia Alitalia this year, Camier eager to build on a promising rookie season that included three podiums.

Fresh from a fourth career rostrum result on home soil at Donington Park, Camier – who by self-admission is not fully recovered from the bout of glandular fever that hampered him in the build up to the season – insists he is still developing the RSV-4 to suit his riding style.

With this in mind, he is certain race wins will come once he has got the bike working more in his favour.

“I think there are plenty of improvements I can make out of it,” he told “Testing didn't go to plan because the weather wasn't very good and the first race weekend didn't go well at all!

“There is definitely room for improvement, but I'm hoping with a few upgrades to come I'll be on a more competitive package and I can get the bike doing what I want a little bit more and get used to how things work in the team. I can make a bit more of a difference.

Touching on his targets for the remaining season, Camier is tentatively eyeing a top three finish at the end of the season, though podiums and wins are his more direct aim.

“Everyone wants to win the championship, that's always the goal but realistically you have to take it as it comes. Injuries can happen, but top three would be really good. I want to be consistent with podiums and maybe a few wins too.”

Camier finished his maiden season in 12th position overall, with a best finish of second at Miller Motorsports Park, though he did miss the final three rounds through injury.

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Chriszx6r - Unregistered

April 06, 2011 10:20 AM

Camier being quite reserved about his involvement with the team. He never says he is happy, settled and enjoying being part of that team. Following Magny Cours last year he was excited to be looking forward to receiving the same spec bike as Biaggi (unlike the 2010 bike he had) in 2011. Still it seems he isn't getting the same parts, which is possibly expected as most factories have a #1 rider. But boy... he does well on that sub par Factory Aprilia!

Chriszx6r - Unregistered

April 06, 2011 9:06 PM

I agree ian, he does a phenomenal job given his size. Havin said that the 'prilia does hav pretty spacious ergos-im 6'3" and found it pretty sweet to sit on.... not ridden one yet tho :( Its not clear what he is referring to with the parts but I've seen a couple of telly interviews where he says Biaggi is still on a more advanced bike. Lookin forward to seeing Camier being up there consistently this year! I have a lot of time for him

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