The incident was all the more frustrating as Camier had been circulating inside the top five throughout Friday's two sessions, at a track Suzuki had previously struggled at. The time he posted just before his fall was a full six tenths of a second under his fastest race lap from last year.
“We had some good sessions. We weren't expecting miracles at [Aragon], as I don't think it suits our package the best. But places like Assen, we are hoping for a bit better. Obviously we weren't expecting much on some tracks after that, just some better results. I just wanted a smooth weekend where we had no big dramas and I could concentrate on riding.”
Camier now faces an anxious race against time to be fit in time for the third round at Assen. The initial risk of infection has subsided and although he has retrieved around forty percent movement in the joint, his condition still needs to be assessed before his participation at the event can be confirmed.
When looking back upon the accident, Camier does however feel his injury could have been worse.
“Considering the size of the crash we had - and I took all the impact on that one knee - it's actually not that bad. What happened was the bone pushed through the capsule and that broke. Then it went through the skin, which was terrible and it was all exposed. And the problem is when the capsule broke it can be dangerous as it can lead to infection. The leg is massive at the minute and obviously has a lot of swelling.
“It was quite a long operation for what it was really, they were just trying to clean it and get all the stuff out of it. I've done a bit of ligament damage and one of the ligaments broke and came off. So they put that back on and put the capsule back together and put the stitching back on.”
Despite admitting his “frustration and disappointment” at the layoff, Camier believes the GSX-R1000 has shown enough improvement to look towards the rest of the season with optimism.
“We had a problem in Australia in the race, and in testing we were going really strong, but it looked like we could have a strong weekend [at Aragon]. We came here testing and my times were strong which I managed without a problem. I think it goes to show you that when everything's sorted we can be ok.”