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WSBK Portimao: Camier charge rewarded with season’s best
10 June 2013
Leon Camier says he is taking the positives from his and Fixi Crescent Suzuki's best result of the season at Portimao, despite technical issues robbing him of an equally strong result in race two.
The Briton was made to work hard for his excellent fourth place in race one after early contact with Leon Haslam left him down in 15th position during the early stages.
Despite this, Camier fought back up the order, scything past his rivals to crack the top six even before Eugene Laverty and Jonathan Rea retired ahead of him. Crossing the line in fourth, just ten seconds off the leaders, Camier was delighted with the result.
“I got an ok start in the first race and made a bit of progress, but as I went past Haslam on the inside - and was well past him! - he let the brake off in the turn and punted into me. I lost some time and dropped back some places and had the job of trying to catch-up and get through the field, so from 15th to 4th is a pretty good result.
“The bike felt good, I felt like I could pass really well and the speed of the FIXI Crescent Suzuki has definitely improved. This showed on the straight because I could exit on the last turn and keep the momentum going so I could pass at the end of the straight, which I haven't been able to do before, so I was really happy about that.
Hampered by a poor start in race two, Camier once again made great gains as the race progressed and was up to seventh position – from 16th – when he was forced to retire with mechanical problems.
“At the start of the second race I had a problem with the electronics and the bike didn't pull away as it should. I made a few places up, but didn't feel quite as strong as I did in the first race, but I kept pushing and I was getting in a good rhythm when a problem with the bike didn't allow me to continue.
“I was hoping that I could have made up some more places, because I could see the group in front coming back to me, so I think that fourth or fifth was achievable, but we will never know now!”
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