The Red Bull Honda rider returned to Donington and WorldSBK action with two top-10 finishes
Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) made his return to the grand stage this weekend at Donington Park Circuit, after a shocking accident at the Aragon Round kept him out of action since mid-April. Several long weeks of recovery later, and with the rider still not in 100% shape, he nonetheless reappeared in both races of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship for his home crowd.
Just regaining some sensations on the bike could have been a satisfactory return, but did not content himself with just riding. The Brit took tenth position in Race 1, and Sunday, despite the accumulated fatigue from the weekend, he managed to make it to the line in eighth. A great return to form from Camier, and another manufacturer entering the top-positions tussle.
An exhausted Camier was more than satisfied with the weekend’s results: “I’m happy to be honest. I definitely didn’t have any more to give! I feel we made many different improvements to the bike over the weekend. I felt like I improved a little bit, I sort of learnt how to ride around my problems and where I was feeling pain. Definitely lacking in a few areas because of it, but all-in-all not bad, I’m happy”.
There were concerns over Camier’s fitness before the weekend, both from the rider and his team. Passing medicals in all three days of competition, the Honda rider was nonetheless determined to compete: “We weren’t even sure if I’d be able to finish before the first race or the second race. I felt a lot more fatigue this morning when I got on the bike. But we managed to get a rhythm, make it flow as best as I could, and in the end managed to bring it home”.
“Hopefully we can be in better shape for Brno”, says Camier, who is eleventh in the WorldSBK championship with 56 points, despite only taking part in 7 races. “I need a few days off now, and then start the recovery again”.
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