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Assen WSBK: Camier rides through the pain

Fixi Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier completed an amazing return from the awful injury he suffered two weeks ago, which found him racing around the Dutch circuit today with a massive gash in his leg. He finished the day with two top-nine finishes in both World Superbike races at Assen.

Camier saved his best till the second race where he got a great start from eighteenth on the grid to being up in eleventh by the end of lap one. He continued to progress through the field as he chased team-mate Jules Cluzel, before the pair got involved in a inter-team battle through the mid part of the race.

Camier and Cluzel swapped places a number of times as they jostled for seventh position, before Camier got the better of his team-mate and held on to that place for the remainder of the race. Unfortunately for Cluzel he couldn’t challenge the Englishman again, because an electronic throttle system failure caused him to retire on lap-16.


Camier had already shown huge determination in race one, as he also got a good start and was in twelfth by the end of the first lap. He again made his way through the field before getting involved with former champion Carlos Checa. The Fixi Crescent Suzuki racer on his Yoshimura-powered machine, made a brave and fast pass on the inside of the Spaniard through a left-hand turn, with his injured knee firmly placed on the asphalt. Camier then held his position for the rest of the race and brought his bike home in ninth.

“I am really happy considering the way everything has gone this weekend. In the first race we changed the set-up dramatically from the warm-up and took a gamble, but then in the second race we changed it a lot again, but this time we made it feel more like the bike I am used to. I felt like I had the pace to run towards the front and I was making some big passes in race two and then got caught up with Jules and he really battled me,” said the tall Kent lad.

“I got frustrated because I thought I could have got to the front group, but we lost out a bit and then I was in a sort of a race of my own. If I could have got to the group ahead I think I would have been comfortable and probably got a good result. Overall I am happy, even though at the end of the race my leg and body felt as if they were in bits, I was just pleased to finish both races.”

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