Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider Leon Camier finished 6th in the first qualifying session at Donington Park this afternoon. The Englishman, who is still recovering from the knee injury he suffered in Aragón a month ago, sits just four tenths off second place.
|Yes it really was that cold…
Photo: Fixi Crescent Suzuki
QP1 was the first session today for most of the World Superbike riders as many opted not to leave their pit boxes for this morning’s FP1 due to the adverse weather conditions. Camier went out towards the end of the session to test some electronic settings but swiftly returned to the box after just two laps.
Qualifying practice was a minor improvement weather-wise where riders were actually able to use slick tyres and run at a more expected pace. Camier topped the timesheets briefly but was pushed down the order by the time the flag came out. “It’s been ok today, but the bike never really felt right out there. We tried a few things with the electronics to get the wheelying under control and there is still quite a lot we can work on to improve things. I don’t think we’re a million miles away from being where we want to be though, so we’re not that worried. We’ll make some changes tomorrow and hopefully the weather will be better and we can get some proper work done, because it was absolutely horrible out there today.”
Team mate Jules Cluzel finished the session not much further down the order in 11th, an impressive showing considerng this was the first time the Frenchman had been round the circuit on a Superbike and finished just 0.75s behind his more experienced team mate. Cluzel had a small crash toward the end of qualifying practice and given the conditions, this meant that he was unable to improve his time. “Today we only did a few laps, but I am happy because I feel quite good with where we are. I thought we would be quite far away as I didn’t feel too good on the bike, because we started with a wet setting and I then stopped to change it and we lost quite a bit of time. Then it started to rain and Sykes crashed in front of me when I was on an out-lap. I was riding really slow and saw him crash and I don’t know what happened because the bike just slipped from under me. I got back to the garage ok, but it had started raining a lot more and we couldn’t go out again. I don’t like this English weather today, so I hope it gets better for the rest of the weekend!”