Camier misses out on podium at home

Leon Camier cannot hide his disappointment at being denied a podium at Silverstone after technical issues force him to retire from third.
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.

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pp916 - Unregistered

August 01, 2011 10:29 AM

So the bike failing in the first race when he was about to challenge for second and a strong run at the front in the second race only to be defeated by tyre problems is all the riders fault? And the 'technical problems' he has suffered in previous races, let alone the glandular fever he started the season with....interesting perspective from the 'experts' on here......can't see him wanting to stay with Aprilia next year if Biaggi continues, no second rider in that team will get proper support while he's bleeding the life out of it....don't see him suffering the same sort of reliability issues as Camier. There'll be no shortage of offers from other teams.

Bikesport - Unregistered

August 03, 2011 12:56 AM

It seems some people here are really fond of midgets and dwarfs. Anyone who can make it back to motorcycle racing after a horrific crash like the one he had at Cadwell is a true champion in my books. All this guy needs is a new team and a new ride that suits his physical size. No matter what you say you cannot deny the fact that his Aprilia has been having technical difficulties throughout the season. And to top it off he had a bad case of glandular fever at the starting of the season. Leon Camier is one hell of a rider and has immense talent and whoever disagrees with that can go soak their head.

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