Leon Camier had a tough weekend aboard his FIXI Crescent Suzuki for the sixth round of the World Superbike championship. Despite scoring his season’s best result in race one, he failed to finish race two due
|Camier scored his seasons best finish in race one
Photo: Fixi Crescent Suzuki
to electronic problems on the bike.
Camier put in an impressive performance in race one, after a collision with Leon Haslam on the first lap the 26 year old found himself down in 15th. Not to be disheartened Camier made his way back up through the field and crossed the line in fourth position, just 9.4s back of race winner Melandri. Race two didn’t end as successfully however; finding it tough to get off the line when the lights went out electrical problems hindered Camier and he was forced to retire from the race with just seven laps remaining.
Camier explained “I got an ok start in the first race and made a bit of progress, but as I went past Haslam on the inside – and was well past him! – he let the brake off in the turn and punted into me. I lost some time and dropped back some places and had the job of trying to catch-up and get through the field, so from 15th to 4th is a pretty good result. The bike felt good, I felt like I could pass really well and the speed of the FIXI Crescent Suzuki has definitely improved. This showed on the straight because I could exit on the last turn and keep the momentum going so I could pass at the end of the straight, which I haven’t been able to do before, so I was really happy about that. At the start of the second race I had a problem with the electronics and the bike didn’t pull away as it should. I made a few places up, but didn’t feel quite as strong as I did in the first race, but I kept pushing and I was getting in a good rhythm when a problem with the bike didn’t allow me to continue. I was hoping that I could have made up some more places, because I could see the group in front coming back to me, so I think that fourth or fifth was achievable, but we will never know now!”