Camier targets qualifying boost

Suzuki duo Leon Camier and John Hopkins eye qualifying improvements at Misano, the seventh round of the World Superbike Championship.
Leon Camier says a spot on the front two rows of the grid at Misano is the key to a strong result around the Italian circuit as he looks to overcome his United States disappointment.

The British rider showed good pace aboard the FIXI Crescent Suzuki at Miller Motorsports Park, but a faulty tyre during Q2 left him 20th on the grid and unable to make up enough ground to finish inside the top ten.

It's a set-back Camier is determined to avoid at Misano, where qualifying position around the notoriously twisty circuit can have a crucial effect on your race results.

“Misano is fairly technical and has a combination of fast sections, slow corners and chicanes, so it is important - like most tracks - to have a good bike set-up and a good grid position,” he said. “If you don't have a place on the front two rows of the grid, it's virtually impossible to make up the ground on the leaders because there is only one line through the first part of the track and it's very easy to get held up.

“My race pace in the last round was good, but my grid position was not and therefore it wasn't possible to catch the leaders. So my first task this weekend is to qualify well and give myself a chance of a good result.

“Miller was difficult for us, but I have a feeling that Misano will suit the FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R better. I haven't had much luck there in the past three years, so this year will be a good time to change all that.”

Hopkins, meanwhile, makes his first appearance to the Rimini circuit for the first time since 2009 when he participated in WSBK practice sessions as a Stiggy Honda rider. Scene of a MotoGP podium finish in 2007, Hopkins is looking forward to getting reacquainted with Misano.

“I have raced at Misano before, so at least I will not be at a disadvantage in that area this time and will know which way the track goes. Although it's probably not my favourite circuit, I actually do enjoy riding there, because it has a lot of variety and is technically challenging.

“Some parts are fast and some not, but the most important thing for me this coming weekend is to get into Superpole and qualify well. Because of the track's nature in the first section, starting on the first or second rows of the grid is a must.

“I was on the Misano podium in 2007 with Suzuki in MotoGP, though I've not ridden there since taking part in WSBK practice in 2009. I'm sure I'll find my way round it right from the get-go and will be going flat out for a good result.”

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SUZOOK - Unregistered

June 07, 2012 12:12 PM

The Suzukis are improving steadily which is a good sign. Knowledgeable race fans know that the margin between success and failure is very fine.This team cannot be placed in the same bracket as the factory boys, simply because they are a privateer outfit dipping their toes into the unknown for the first time. BMW is throwing millions of dollars at their WSBK project and the results are there for all to see. Jack Valentine is working on a shoestring budget. His team is doing a decent job under the circumstances, what with Hopper's unfortunate injury woes, lack of data etc.I'm hoping for a couple of finishes somewhere between fifth and tenth by Leon & John. A podium finish by one of them will be out of this world! Forza Suzuki & Yoshi power!!!

tom jones - Unregistered

June 07, 2012 7:18 PM

Camier out of his depth....! Hopkins is a quality rider and not even he can get close to Leon this year. Time will tell but id say his results have been pretty good on a shoe string budget

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