WSBK: Camier ‘knee stiffens up’ after three laps

Camier had top ten pace at Assen

Photo: Crescent Suzuki
Crescent Fixi Suzuki rider Leon Camier has been declared fit to race at this weekends World Superbike race, following a 10th position finish in Qualifying 1. 
Camier suffered from a monster highside in Aragon, and was ruled out of the race’s two weeks ago and went out this morning to measure his fitness levels. 
Wet weather hampered the legendary Netherlands circuit all day, which hindered Camier and his injuries. He struggled to keep up with the pace however he produced a fearless performance, and finished FP1 in 8th position followed by a 10th in Q1.   
Camier declared “I’m happy that I can ride, but after about three of four laps my knee stiffens up and feels like it’s blocked and it becomes really painful in the wet. I didn’t have a particularly good feeling with the bike today, but maybe I was a bit stiff and not quite riding how I need to. I think that in the dry the feeling in my knee will be a bit worse, but I’ve got to take it as it comes and hopefully it will loosen off a bit more. We’ve still got about a day-and-a-half before the race, so I’ve got time for it to improve. Hopefully when race-day comes I can do the distance.”

French teammate Jules Cluzel had a positive day on his GSX-R machine, with two top eight finishes on the Friday ahead of the race.

Rookie Cluzel had his first taste of wet weather World Superbike riding today, but this didn’t scare him off and he posted the sixth fastest time for the opening FP1 session. With growing confidence, he then finished Q1 eight positions from the top of the timing sheets. 
Cluzel said “I am very happy with the day; I was a little bit nervous because it was the first time in full wet conditions on the FIXI Crescent Suzuki. I did about five-laps in Jerez in the test in the wet, but the grip was completely different and it wasn’t raining then. In the worst condition today the feeling was good, so that is a positive thing, last year in Supersport the grip was not as good and it wasn’t as comfortable. I had a good rhythm and pace today and didn’t make any mistakes so this is good for my confidence. Tomorrow looks like being a sunny day, so things will be better. Today was a bit of an interrogation for me to see how I could ride in the wet and I am happy with how everything went, because I know I am better in the wet at other tracks, so I think if it rains at those circuits we can go well.
He also sent his well wishes towards his injured teammate “It was good to have Leon back on track today, he didn’t look totally comfortable, but he is here and it’s good for the team to have him riding again.”

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