Fixi Suzuki's Leon Camier was unable to make a time fast enough to take part in yesterday's World Superbike Superpole session at Miller Motorsport Park after a duff tyre set him right back in the second time qualifying session.
The Andorran resident, along with everyone else, was waiting for the track to dry enough for a run on the soft tyre but, as he got rid of slower traffic and put his head down, the tyre made his bike misbehave and was found to have gone out of round. Camier was sixth fastest in the subsequent final free practice.
"It was wet at the start of second timed qualifying and it was only towards the end that the track began to dry out. That's when everybody put on soft rubber and started going quickly and that's what I tried to do as well. We put in a soft tyre about five or six minutes before the end but I got held up by traffic on the first lap," said Camier.
"As soon I sorted that out, I began to push hard, but the bike started going all over the place and was hard to control. There was not enough time left to put on another one and so I lost the chance of getting into Superpole, which is particularly annoying as I was certainly quick enough in the afternoon untimed session. Afterwards we found out that the tyre had a fault and that caused it to go out of round. Like John, I'm also going to have to make the best starts of the season."