Camier: "I felt really strong early on"

Saturday, 19 August 2017 14:43 GMT

British rider equals his best result of the season

As weather conditions kept stable for Saturday the Prosecco DOC German Round, Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) was able to secure a top five finish, holding off Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) to take yet another strong result as the season continues.

Starting from ninth position on the grid, Camier has continued to improve on his 1000 F4 and has been producing some solid results. Using his set up from last season, the 31 year old is building his pace on his MV Agusta and putting the early season demons behind him, equalling his best result of the season so far.

After a tough start off the line, he was able to get close up to be fighting with the front group and was locked in a battle with Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team), but was just out of reach to catch Marco Melandri ( Racing –Ducati) in fourth. Sitting in eighth position in the championship, the Kent rider is looking to work on his starts as the season continues, but is keen to keep his base setting which is working well for the team this season.

Looking forward to continuing to improve his pace throughout the weekend, Camier explained: “Considering our grid position I wasn’t so confident going into the race. But we had a really good setting with the bike, the chassis and electronics were working really well and I felt really strong early on. I managed to make some good passes and get to the front of the group, but by then Melandri was already gone. I held onto the rhythm and Lowes was holding onto me real close, I thought I could get away but he put in a really good pace as soon as I got past him. We’ll see what happens tomorrow; we’ll keep the chassis and everything the same and hope for the best.”

The British rider will start from second position on the grid for race two, and is keen to get a clean start off the line and into the all important first corner which hindered him in Race One on Sunday. “Hopefully the front row start will help, but we’re struggling a bit with the starts. The set up I need to ride faster on track is not good for helping with the clutch at the start, but it is what it is. Starting from the front is really good, to get into that first corner and to stay out of trouble.”

WorldSBK Race 2 kicks off at 13.00LT, and you can follow all the progress as Camier takes on a front row start, all live on the WorldSBK VideoPass.