Leon Camier was relieved to land a fourth place finish – and a new lap record – at the end of the third World Superbike round at Assen after an eventful and frustrating weekend.
The Aprilia Alitalia rider showed promising pace during free practice and provisional qualifying, but mistakes in Superpole left him ninth on the grid for the two races.
However, he almost didn't even start race one when his bike 'switched off' on the grid, forcing him to start from the pit lane. Though he got going again, albeit well down on the rest of the field, Camier would eventually retire with more mechanical problems.
Nonetheless, Camier collected himself for race two, working his way up the order to run in fifth position, which became fourth late on when Marco Melandri retired.
Claiming a new race lap record in the process, Camier was pleased with his pace, but frustrated by the problems that prevented him from finishing higher.
"This is the classic weekend where anything that can go wrong does! Some problems with the tyres, two breakdowns, the bike switching off and, above all, my two mistakes in Superpole ruined what could have been an important race.
“In any case I'm happy with the fourth place in race two where I was also able to take the fastest lap. I knew I had a good pace, I showed that in practice and warm-up. I'm leaving Assen convinced that I can do well if I keep improving and luck stays on my side!.”