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Phillip Island WSBK: Fifth for Camier but facing ‘tough race’

MV Agusta’s Leon Camier surprised the World Superbike paddock - and probably himself - with his fifth place in the combined free practice sessions today at Phillip Island and says that although the track suits his underpowered steed, it’s still going to be tough in the two races.

Camier’s team took even more power out of the engine after some problems in testing a couple of days ago but the former BSB champion has been able to get the most out of the Varese bike’s chassis and electronics to make sure of a place in Superpole two.

“This is better than we expected. Because we has some small dramas in testing, we have to preserve the engine and everything we have got so they have taken some power out of the engine and we didn’t expect to be fast, we expected a difficult weekend for sure,” said Camier, speaking at the track.


“At the Cartagena and Jerez tests, we didn’t do many laps and I wasn’t up to speed. Here, the track suits the bike pretty good, a flowing track is much better for our bike and I understood a little more what I needed to with the lines and what would make a difference.

“I feel happy on the bike and confident. We need to work on something a little more for race pace. There is a little bit with the chassis and electronics, but we need more power. If I get dropped a little bit then I will be out of the back door. I need to keep in the slipstream.”

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