FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier put in his best qualifying performance of the season at the teams home round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park in Leicestershire today.
|Camier at full tilt down Craner Curves
Photo: FIXI Crescent Suzuki
The 2009 British Superbike Champion had, for the first time this season, enjoyed a consistently fast pace in this mornings qualifying session after Friday’s free practice sessions were lost to the British weather. The lanky Kent man and his team were delighted to post the third fastest time in that session ahead of afternoons intense Superpole session.
The first part of Superpole was routine for Camier, posting a time on par with the leaders to safely see him through to the second part of the WSB qualifying system. Again Camier and his Fixi Crescent Suzuki GSX-R 1000 posted comfortably fast times but, quite tellingly ahead of tomorrows races, using a race compound tyre rather than a softer ‘qualifying’ tyre. As the riders in Q3 of Superpole all upped their game Camier held third place and a front row start for much of the session but was narrowly bumped back two places in the dying stages to start from the middle of row two for tomorrows first race with a best time just 0.874s shy of Tom Sykes’ blistering pole lap.
Camier said “I’m a little bit frustrated because the normal strengths that we have, are holding me back a bit this weekend. That front-end feeling on turning in and then braking just isn’t quite there and this is usually a strong point for us – so we need to work on that to get it right tomorrow. Overall everything feels ok and if we can get it that little bit better we should be a lot stronger for the races. It’s going to be tough tomorrow, because so many guys are doing similar lap-times and although it will be good to start nearer the front, as I said it will be difficult, so we’ll just have to get involved with the front group and see what happens.”
Team boss Paul Denning added “For the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team fifth on the grid is a good result, one which normally in qualifying we would be quite content with, but we’re actually a bit disappointed that we didn’t make it on to the front row with Leon. We ran the Superpole sessions – in terms of tactics – perfectly and Leon was the only rider to have a new qualifier left at the end of the third session. Unfortunately the lap didn’t come together and Leon was unable to improve on the lap he had done on the race tyre. Nonetheless, it gives us a competitive chance tomorrow as Leon has been fighting in the lead group all weekend and we’re excited about the prospect for the races tomorrow.”