Frustrations for Camier in Thailand
Frustrations for Camier in Thailand

Leon Camier endured a frustrating weekend at the second round of the World Superbike championships in Buiram, Thailand at the weekend. 

 

The Kent born rider finished 13th in race one on Saturday which netted him three points for his efforts, before an incident in Superpole left him unable to take to the grid for Sunday’s race.

In race one the British Moriwaki Althea Honda Team rider got away well from twelfth on the grid in Race 1, but he slipped back to fourteenth through the opening stages, caught up in traffic.

His race pace then gradually picked up, allowing him to catch up the group of riders immediately ahead of him but at the end of the 20-lap race, Camier nevertheless had to settle for final thirteenth position.

Speaking after race one, Camier said: “It was a tricky race to be honest. I made a good start and was really strong into turn three, I think I passed a few people around the outside, but then somebody in front of me touched and in reacting I fell back to at least fourteenth.

“Even though I was able to recover and slightly improve my pace lap by lap, something was not quite right and once I got close to the group in front, I was struggling more, and it became impossible to ride properly.

“When I got some clear space I could manage, but when I was in the group, something related to the temperature made me struggle. Anyway, we will keep a positive mentality. Every day on track and every race teaches us something and we will keep giving 100 per cent on every occasion.”

After suffering a crash during lap seven of the Superpole race following a collision with Thitipong Warokorn, the Thai rider unfortunately impossible to avoid as he crashed just ahead of him, Leon Camier hit his right knee hard and was subsequently declared unfit to take part in Race 2 by the Medical Centre. The Brit will undergo further medical tests once back home in Andorra.

Speaking after the incident Camier, added: “I think Warokorn hit Mercado in front of me. He went down and I literally had nowhere to go and unfortunately I hit him and crashed. He seemed out in that moment, so I tried to get the race stopped immediately. I just hope he is ok. I also damaged my knee in the crash and so could not take part in Race 2.

“I need to go back to Andorra, and have it checked by my doctor, then we will see what we need to do and make a plan for my recovery. As for the race, up until that moment, I was suffering with similar issues to yesterday to be honest, so I was struggling although I was trying to do the best I could.”

 

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