Leon Camier's weekend literally took a turn for the worse when a major high-side whilst leading at Knockhill left him severely winded and back in third place.

"I'd pulled out a 1.5 second lead in the first four laps and then all hell broke loose at the hairpin," said Camier, "I managed to stay on but I came down on the bike so hard I broke the fairing mountings and dented the tank. The rest of the race was a feat of endurance so while I'm disappointed not to win, I feel I earned my podium position."

2001 British 125 Champion Camier finally ended the race 6 seconds ahead of fourth place man and current series leader Chris Martin.

Camier's teammate Daniel Coutts was once again in the thick of things buoyed by his seventh place at Rockingham. After a hard fought race that saw him continually trading places with more experienced riders, the Horsham schoolboy finally crossed the line in 8th place, 0.3 seconds ahead of John Laverty.

"This was definitely my best race so far," said Coutts, "the last two races have shown that I can hold my own against the best 125 racers in the UK so now I'm concentrating on getting in the top six and hopefully on the podium by the end of the year. The bike's as fast as anything out there so a speed circuit like Thruxton should give me a real opportunity to get amongst the leaders."

Christian Elkin was the eventual race winner in a photo finish with Red Bull Rookie Guy Farbrother, 2.5 seconds ahead of battered third place man Camier.

Whilst the rest of the class has the opportunity of five week's rest before the next round at Thruxton, Camier will be focussing on his third outing for the Italjet Grand Prix team at next weekend's British Grand Prix. The fifteen year-old has already impressed the team with his mature approach and will be working hard to pick up his first GP points in front of his home crowd.

 

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