Camier denied podium chance at Portimao

'I really believed I could find a way past, make it stick and take third spot' - Leon Camier
Leon Camier was left to rue what might have been after he was denied the chance of a World Superbike podium finish in race two at Portimao.

The FIXI Crescent Suzuki rider was battling with Aprilia's Max Biaggi for third place when a transmission issue on the GSX-R1000 forced him into the pits at the beginning of the final lap.

Camier, who started the race from ninth on the grid, and Biaggi had a coming together in the closing stages of the race when the British ace attempted to squeeze past the ex-MotoGP man, who unwittingly slammed the door shut.

He regrouped and set off after Biaggi again, making a successful pass before the Italian retook the position as they disputed the final place on the rostrum.

However, an unforeseen problem brought Camier's race to a cruel halt and he was unable to improve his position of 11th place in a wet race one.

“It took a bit of time to get past (Sylvain) Guintoli, but once I had overtaken him I set about Biaggi,” said Camier.

“It was a close battle - close enough for us to make contact - and I really believed I could find a way past, make it stick and take third spot.

“I had a few problems with the gearbox during the race and then the bike locked up on me with two laps to go and I had to take to the run-off,” he added.

“I tried to keep going, but it happened a couple of times more and nearly spat me off, so I had no choice but to pull out.

“I'm happy though because the bike has come on a lot in the recent months and I now know we can fight with the best.”

On his race one performance, Camier added: “The settings we had just didn't work as well as we hoped and I had to get round as best I could.”

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190mph - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 5:04 PM

pp916, too right about the top end power of that bike, to see it barely get by the Ducati on the straight was so ridiculous it was almost amusing. As you say it's gotten better, but still... And what is going on with Hopper? Is he still suffering effects from injuries or is there something else. With Leon starting to get the results now one would of thought Hopper would too. Considering the epic finale Hopper gave us last year (along with Hill) it's a bit sad to see.

pp916 - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 3:10 PM

Shame that, Leon has been looking pretty fiesty now the bike has got a wee bit more will actually creep past a Ducati on the straight now, just a pity that the Aprilia, BMW, Kawasaki and even the Honda still fly past fast enough to take the paint off....must be very frustrating when the bike appears to handle so well. If Big Jack & co had kept the operation in house rather than get involved with Yoshimura then maybe things would have run smoother and been a bit more competitive in their first season, but I'm guessing they couldn't raise the budget to stay independent.

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