Leon Camier’s chances of retaining second position in the British Superbike standings went out of the window at turn one at Mallory Park this weekend.
Heading into the first right-hander, Gerard’s, Camier was caught up in some first-turn filtering and sent skittling onto the grass.
Camier was facing a tough challenge after a poor qualifying performance which meant he started from 11th on the grid.
“I knew I needed to get a good start to make up for my poor starting position,” said the 21-year old.
“I’m not sure what happened at the first corner, all I know is Billy McConnell sat up and hit the front of my bike and that was the end of that.
“It was really frustrating because we had found something quite major with the electronics between qualifying and the race.
“I have been struggling with the electronics pushing me into slower corners too much.
“But in Warm Up we found something that sorted that and I’m really confident that it’ll work for the rest of the season.
“It’s the one major point we’re losing out to Shane [Byrne] on, so that might give us a better chance to challenge for the second half of the season.”