8th – Leon Camier
Average poll score out of ten: 5.6
MV Agusta F4RR
Having spent much of the 2014 season playing a game of international musical chairs after being left without a full-time seat, it was a one-off ride on the tricky MV Agusta that would earn Leon Camier a permanent route back to World Superbikes this year.
A rider that many feel is still yet to reach his full potential at WSBK level, the man himself would admit to being modest in his expectations on a bike that endured a troubled initiation even before you consider its development came down to just a single entry.
With MV Agusta maintaining that strategy for 2015 with Camier at the helm, a more forgiving pre-season period would show potential for the F4RR, but reliability continued to be the bike's Achilles heel
In fact, though Camier ended his year 13th in the overall standings, only on three occasions where he crossed the finish line was classified lower than that.
Nonetheless, while nine DNFs would serve to negate the clear strides the bike had gained with Camier on it, this was the year that saw MV Agusta show a decent turn of pace, with the Englishman peaking with a fine run to fifth place at Magny-Cours.
It was a performance against the tide that has rightly earned him another season with the Italian marque as it goes into collaboration with Forward Racing from MotoGP. Together with tweaks being made to the bike, Camier may be alone in the team but he at least stands to benefit from an apparent influx of investment.
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