Leon Camier placed eleventh and the top 'Evo' machine in qualifying for round two of the World Superbike Championship at Aragon in his first meeting on the bike.

The Englishman, deputising for Sylvain Barrier, only tested the Motorrad Italia BMW at a track day at Mugello before taking to the track on Friday, yet he qualified for the second Superpole session and set the eleventh quickest time overall.

Having lost his Ioda ART ride in MotoGP due to a lack of funding Camier was left without a ride as the 2014 season got underway. Considering the short time frame he has had to adapt Camier was more than pleased with his qualifying performance.

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"I'm really happy," he told Crash.net. "The BMW has been fast from the off. The bike isn't used to my size - Sylvain is quite a small rider - but it isn't too far out so I'm pleased. There are a few things and settings that we've had to change to suit my style. We still need a bit more time to make things exactly as I want but we have a direction for working. Things are improving as you can imagine but the bike feels really good."

Camier had little experience of the bike before this weekend and initially had to get up to speed after an off-season without winter testing.

"I just did a track day in Mugello. It had to relearn how to ride a bike and get in a rhythm again," he said. This is the first time I've ridden since last year. It's just taken a little bit of time for me to come good as you can imagine. Now I can start getting the setting how I want it."

"I'm really impressed with how well the guys in the team are working together. I had a good connection straight away with them, they have a good way of working and we're able to work things out, it's going good."

At the moment Camier is taking things as they come. With the BMW Italia squad unsure of Barrier's return date the Englishman recognises his role within the team is temporary.

"It all depends on Sylvain's recovery. You know I'm just filling in for him while he's injured. Best wished to him and I hope he recovers fully soon."

He set his best time of the weekend before falling at the end of the start and finish straight. Luckily for the Englishman there was no lasting damage.

"I just lost the front on the brakes into the first corner on my second lap on the qualifying tyre. I was braking hard although not crazy hard. It was strange. It just went as I turned it in. Luckily there was no damage to the bike or me."