Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider Leon Camier had a weekend to forget at Donington Park this weekend for his home round of World Superbikes championship, crashing out of both races.
|Camier crashed at Goddards in both races
Photo: Fixi Crescent Suzuki
After qualifying in fifth position, the 26 year old made a mistake on lap one in the first race, pushing him down to 15th position. In a bid to improve his result and get back into the top ten Camier pushed too hard and crashed out on he final corner at Goddards on the third lap. Camier walked away unhurt but his race was over. He got better start in race two and was running up with the leaders, however he crashed out at Goddards again but was able to rejoin the race, crossing the line in 13th position 54.509 seconds behind race winner Tom Sykes.
Camier said “I had a bad start and was a bit too aggressive in the first race, even though I felt ok on the bike. I was trying to get past Canepa, but in the slower corners I was struggling a bit to get the bike pulled-up. I knew this, but I was desperate to get past him because I could see the front group going away, so it was my mistake and I ran off. Then I was pushing really hard to come back through the field and crashed. I was frustrated in race two because I felt like I didn’t have the best grip and the BMWs got past me, so I pushed hard, but got caught out at Goddards. The front went from underneath me, I don’t really know why it happened, but I couldn’t do much about it. I picked the bike up and tried my hardest to come back, but the main pack was too far away to catch them. I will now have to put this behind me and try and do my best at Portimao in a couple of week’s time.”
Jules Cluzel had a better weekend than his British team-mate, securing two ninth position finishes under the sun at Donington.
The Frenchman had two very similar races on Sunday; qualifying in 11th he got two strong starts and made up two places in the opening laps. However, in race one Cluzel was involved in various battles before he was able to set a good pace out on his own. He was in hot pursuit from former world champion Carlos Checa however Cluzel’s consistent pace held off the Spaniard and he crossed the line in ninth position. After a strong start race two was more lonely for Cluzel, but it allowed him to understand the Suzuki’s performance throughout a whole race and he put in some solid laps out on his own before crossing the line in ninth.
Cluzel said “I am happy with the second race because we finished in the top-10 and I felt some things that we can use which will help us improve at the next couple of races. At the end of the race I was able to push a bit harder and this is good for me. If I push too hard in the first few laps I make mistakes, so I am now trying to ride like I did in Aragon and wait a bit and build up my performance. When I feel I am ready to start pushing from the first lap I will do that, but at this moment I need to wait a bit. I was happy that I ended the race with my lap-time quite close to my best lap and I feel that we can now do some good things soon.”