Leon Camier relishing British MotoGP chance

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Leon Camier says his chance to race in the British MotoGP race at Silverstone this weekend is a ‘dream come true’.

Camier will continue to deputise for injured Nicky Hayden on the Aspar production Honda RCV1000R, with the American still not recovered from major right wrist surgery he underwent during the recent summer break.

Hayden’s injury woes opened the door for Camier to take the 2006 MotoGP world champion’s place in Indianapolis and Brno.

And the former BSB champion has acquitted himself superbly in his two outings so far on the underpowered RCV1000R.

He was racing inside the points on his debut in Indianapolis when a sensor failed and forced him to retire.

And he was a creditable 15th at the end of the Czech Republic round in Brno last time out before being confirmed as Hayden’s replacement again for Sunday’s big home clash at Silverstone.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s race at the Northamptonshire track, Camier told MCN: “It is the British Grand Prix and it doesn’t really get any better than that. It’s a dream come true and I really can’t wait to be involved.

"We have made massive progress each time I get on the bike and I can’t complain. The gap is closing all of the time.

"I obviously want to perform but I need to respect where I am at the minute. There is no point in getting carried away and throwing yourself up the road every two seconds trying to force something to happen, which is easy to do in this situation.”

Camier’s run on the Aspar Honda could be extended beyond Silverstone, with doubts remaining about whether Hayden will be fit enough to return at the next round in Misano.

The Aspar team has an agreement with Camier that if Hayden is not on the RCV1000R alongside ex-250GP world champion Hiroshi Aoyama, then he will take the ride.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt