WSB: Camier impresses with fifth in Phillip Island

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Leon Camier impressed in this weekend’s opening round of the 2017 Superbike World Championsip with a stunning fifth place in Saturday’s opening race.

The MV Agusta rider was severely hampered by a lack of track time in the build-up to Saturday’s opening race, but he fought back in a spectacular fashion to clinch a strong result on the F4-RR.

Under new grid rules, the fifth place finish saw him elevated to the front row of the grid for Sunday’s second race, but a small mistake in direction with chassis set up saw the Brit unable to fight at the same level he had on Saturday throughout the race. 


“I am really, really happy, I think we made a very good race on Saturday especially considering the lack of track time for the weekend,” said Camier. “We predicted quite well the race with the electronics and the chassis setup. I have a few ideas about what I want for the bike for tomorrow so hopefully we can make some good changes for the warmup and then see what happen for the race. 

“To be honest we were expecting a more difficult race on Sunday with everyone pushing hard from the beginning. Maybe we made a little mistake with the chassis but now we know which direction we need to go with the setting. I am confident we can make some good progress in Thailand over the next two weeks and then we can go to Europe, where tracks suits us a little bit more.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing