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Camier progress stunted by grid position

30 May 2012

Leon Camier says he can be satisfied with his 13th and 11th place finishes at Miller Motorsports Park having been forced to start both races from a lowly 20th position on the grid.

The FIXI Crescent Suzuki rider was the surprise absentee from Superpole after a faulty Pirelli tyre prevented him from making it into the top sixteen during Q2.

However, having shown top ten pace throughout practice, Camier was confident of making the points' from the fifth row of the grid, a quest he fulfilled with a run to 13th in race one and 11th in race two.

With fairly low attrition in both races, Camier was content with his performance but ultimately frustrated that his starting position scuppered any hopes he had of challenging well within the top ten.

“We knew today would be difficult because of our grid position. This championship is so competitive that you need to be on the first two rows of the grid if you want a shot at the podium. I made good starts and progressed well in both races and rode as hard as I could today.

“They were a couple of tough races, but I was happy with my race pace and know that I could've finished a lot higher up if I had started with a better grid position. I feel we'll definitely be better at the more twisty tracks - like our next race in Misano - and I am looking forward to qualifying better and fighting for a top-six or a podium.”

Returning to action having made a sufficient recovery from his hip injury, Hopkins – unlike Camier – made it through to Superpole, but struggled for pace come race day, crashing out of 19th place in the first race and finishing 16th in race two.

“I'm happy to be back with the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team, but disappointed that I was only able to do seven laps in the first race. I clipped the kerb with the generator cover and was flicked off and that was that. Luckily I didn't hurt myself, but afterwards I was really looking forward to race two and doing better.

“I started OK but, as the race wore on, my bike began to suffer with a technical problem and I couldn't push as hard as I would've liked. I kept going as fast as I could, but just missed out on the points.”