Camier leaves Aprilia, future uncertain

Following the confirmation that Eugene Laverty will join Aprilia in 2012, Leon Camier bids farewell to the Italian manufacturer.
Leon Camier has thanked Aprilia for giving him his World Superbike Championship chance after confirming he will not stay with the team for 2012.

Camier made his Aprilia debut at the end of the 2009 season in light of his dominant British Superbike Championship win with Airwaves GSE Yamaha, a guest outing that preceded a full-time deal in 2010.

Finishing on the podium three times in 2010, Camier stayed on for 2011, but while has been on the rostrum a further four times this year on the way to seventh in the standings, he has – by his own admission - struggled to maintain consistent form.

Ending his 2011 campaign with a 12th and sixth place finish at Portimao, Camier has thank Aprilia for the chance to compete with a championship winning team, but admits he hasn't shown his 'full potential'.

“Two odd races for me, because for long sections of the race I was among the fastest on the track,” he said. “Unfortunately, starting from behind it's always difficult to recover positions, especially in Race 1 because in the first stages I lost time going wide. I would have liked to end this experience on the podium.

“Unfortunately we weren't able to demonstrate our true potential this year. I'd like to thank everybody anyway: my team for their constant support and Aprilia Racing for giving me the opportunity to race in World Superbike.”

Camier's future remains uncertain, though he has been linked with a side-step to the satellite PATA Aprilia team, or possible involvement with Paul Bird's proposed CRT MotoGP team.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Aprilia , Leon Camier

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markyb69 - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 1:27 PM

Ive been following Leon closely this year and I can tell you, its incredibly frustrating - so I know how his team must feel, he normally makes one big mistake a race which costs him time and points, I don't blame the team for dropping him at all. Maybe a GSE yamaha as in 2009 would be the perfect solution, but he's not done enough to warrant another factory wsbk ride just yet. Yes he has potential to do well, but you can't rely on him to get points.

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