Camier to join Yoshimura Suzuki for Suzuka

Leon Camier to join Yoshimura Suzuki for Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance race.
World Superbike star Leon Camier has secured a place with the Yoshimura Suzuki team for next month's Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race.

The Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider will join Australian Superbike champion Josh Waters and Suzuki test rider Nobuatsu Aoki in the Yoshimura line-up for one of the most prestigious races in Japan.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be racing in the Suzuka 8 hour this year and honoured that Yoshimura has asked me to take part in such a prestigious race,” said Camier. “I have done the Suzuka 8 hour race three times before (in 2005, 2006 and 2007) but have never been particularly successful there, so I am hoping that this year will see a change of luck.

"It's an amazing race and probably the hardest - both physically and mentally - that a racer does. The temperatures are usually very hot and the track is so physical, it just saps all your energy.

"It is a hard track to learn because it is so long and it is also technically very demanding. I will have to learn how to ride the Yoshimura GSX-R on Bridgestone tyres, but hopefully that will not be too much of a problem and I can run consistent lap times. My goal is to get to grips with the tyres as soon as I can, keep up a good pace; and still be fast at the end of the race."

Team manager Yohei Kato said: "We have three excellent riders in our team; Josh Waters, who showed his potential in his first Suzuka race last year, Nobuatsu Aoki, who is a veteran rider with great ability and knowledge of machine set-up, and as a new rider for our Suzuka 8 Hours team, we welcome Leon Camier from the World Superbike Championship Series. We are aiming our fifth victory at the Suzuka 8 Hours and we will try our best."

Yoshimura supplies the engines and exhaust systems for the Crescent WSBK team.

Tagged as: Leon Camier , Suzuka , yoshimura

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Jack Valentine - Unregistered

June 04, 2012 8:38 PM

@ Ben1 Spot on mate. I really dont know whats up with Hopkins and wsbk, but it seems like a damn curse on him. Everytime he goes out on a WSBK race he gets a new crash and a bunch of injuries. It didnt happen in BSB an AMA SBK. Its really a pitty that a damn good rider like him cant show his speed in wsbk. He showed last season he still has plenty to give in bike racing, but somehow he cnat put out in this championship. I still remenber the horrendous crashes he had while in the Stiggy Honda Team,and I wish he never has to endure anything like that again.

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