Camier's first MV steps

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Leon Camier was thrown into the SBK mix once again in 2014 despite having no regular ride, as he took over control of the MV Agusta Reparto Corse F4 vacated for one race by injured regular Claudio Corti.

A rider of vast experience of many types of machines, from both his BSB and also his WSB exploits in recent years, Camier was unsure what to expect from the MV, or what was expected of him.

“I don’t know what I expect from this weekend,” he said before the first practice on Friday in the USA.

“I know what they are aiming at is not winning the main Superbike class. They are developing the bike for next year and the rules are there now. Even thought they are in the Superbike class it allows them to change and test things throughout the year, which is where they need to be as it is their first year.

“I think the biggest thing they are expecting from me is my experience to give a good input and try to help develop the thing on the short time I have on it. This is a one off ride and they have already told me that.”

Despite losing track time to technical issues in the first of three practices on Friday, Camier said, “I think this bike has potential for sure but there is also a lot they need to work on. It feels like its own thing, not like the BWM or anything else I have ridden.

“It is softer by a long way, very soft like the whole thing you can feel is nearly not connected. When you are on the gas there is a lot of grip from the bike, but it is a new package so they need a lot of time testing.

“As a company, MV seems very dynamic, putting new swingarms in place, fuel tanks and things so far this year, and they are quite quick in doing things, but they need time and experience.”

Gordon Ritchie

By Gordon Ritchie