Leon Camier crossed the finish line at Rockingham on Sunday in third place only to be dropped back to sixth with a 10 second penalty after officials decided the 15-year-old had strayed over the yellow safety line designed to keep riders away from the walls at the Northamptonshire circuit.

The weekend was not all disappointment for the team however as Camier's teammate Daniel Coutts finished in a season-best seventh place despite falling and re-mounting on the last lap after a coming together with another rider.

Having missed the previous Brands Hatch round due to an offer to ride in the Catalunya GP, Camier was keen to make up for lost time.

An uncharacteristic poor start from third place on the grid meant the Ashford schoolboy had his work cut out to catch up with the leaders, normally an impossible task in the ultra-competitive 125 class. Extracting every last bit of performance from the Padgett's machine and setting the second fastest lap time in the process, the 2001 British Champion reined in leaders Martin and Elkin and battled it out until the end where only 0.3 seconds covered all three.

"After going backwards at the start I managed to get back on terms with the leaders despite the front brake pads starting to glaze, if it hadn't been for that I'm sure the bike was fast enough to get into first place." Camier's subsequent disappointment at losing third place compounded the frustration of the previous weekend's Catalunya GP where his Italjet was clearly short of the pace needed to get amongst the regular GP riders. "They've offered me a ride at the Dutch GP at Assen with better equipment so I'm hoping we can be a lot more competitive next time."

2001 BMCRC Champion Daniel Coutts sent out a warning to the regular 125GP series front-runners by taking a well-deserved 7th place on the second Padgett's bike. The 15-year-old ACU Academy rider from Horsham has been steadily progressing throughout his debut year in the UK's top 2-stroke class and needs only to improve his qualifying positions in order to become a regular member of the leading pack. An excellent start saw Coutts into eighth place but he lost touch with the leaders as the result of an incident early in the race. Seventh on the final lap, a coming together with Andy Walker resulted in both riders having to re-mount for the dash to the line, through sheer grit and determination Coutts held on to the place and now travels to Knockhill for the next round with the confidence that he has the necessary pace to be able to fight for podium positions in the remaining rounds.

 

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