Leon Camier says he has reason to be optimistic about his future with the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team, despite enduring a painful end to his 2012 World Superbike Championship season.
On the weekend it was confirmed he would remain a FIXI Crescent Suzuki rider into 2012, Camier was keen to give the team something to build on heading into the winter period.
However, Camier would be one of several victims to fall foul of the slippery conditions in race one, the Briton coming down heavily on his left arm when he high-sided through turn one. Pinned down by his bike as well, Camier was frustrated to see a potential top five result go wanting.
"I am really happy with our performance in wet conditions, but race one was neither wet, nor dry and that is the worst possible scenario,” he said. “All was going OK until I came out of turn 11 and was high-sided. I was flipped into the air and came down heavily on my left arm and head and then the bike landed on top of me and I couldn't move. It seemed ages before it was removed and I was able to get up. I felt pretty sore, but luckily I hadn't broken anything, even though my left arm had taken a right old battering.”
Despite the damage to both himself and the bike, Camier made it out for the second race and though the machine wasn't in optimum condition, he was still able to notch up a solid tenth place finish.
"The FIXI Crescent Suzuki was in a bit of mess, but the boys did a great job to get it ready in time for race two and we lined up on the grid OK. Right from the start, I felt that the bike wasn't quite right - not surprising really after its big crash - and it was difficult to ride. The electronics didn't feel quite right and I didn't get a great start, but I was determined to bring the bike home and that's what I did.
Ending his year 14th in the overall standings but showing flashes of form during the latter third of the season, Camier is confident there is still plenty of progress to come from the Yoshimura-engineered Suzuki GSX-R1000.
“Although the season didn't end the way I hoped, the progress the team have made with the FIXI Crescent Suzuki makes me feel very optimistic about the future. The bike has come on leaps-and-bounds since the beginning of the season and I'm already looking forward to my next time on it - once I've rested my left arm a bit!"