Leon Camier has expressed his frustration at being unable to get onto the World Superbike podium at Silverstone after hitting problems on race day.
The local favourite had been in good form throughout the weekend and was keen to fight for a maiden WSBK win from third on the grid, but a poor start in race two would leave him on the back foot.
Even so, Camier fought his way back up to third and was beginning to pressure Eugene Laverty for second when technical difficulties intervened on his Aprilia Alitalia RSV-4.
Bitterly disappointed with the outcome, Camier attempted to make amends in race two, but while he ran second early on, tyre problems would see him demoted to fifth at the chequered flag, compounding a rather unsatisfying day.
“I'm just obviously so disappointed and really sorry for all the fans out there that came to support us. I really thought a podium or two was on the cards for definite. I felt really strong in the first race, made up a load of places and was starting to think about passing Laverty for second when we had an issue with the bike.
“I kept going and I know the fans were cheering me on every time I went past so thank you to them! Second race, start went well but had no grip at the end. I couldn't hold my line and I was pushing and pushing to try and keep up but then I would make a mistake. So frustrating, especially at my home race, but that's how it goes sometimes.”
Despite the mixed results, Camier remains sixth in the overall standings, 12 points behind Leon Haslam.