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Silverstone WSBK: Setup gamble fails to pay off for Camier

Fixi Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier was the second fastest rider in the World Superbike free practice session this morning, and was only four tenths of a second off the time set by Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes. But his team made some changes to the chassis and the gamble failed to pay off, as the Kent rider only went a tenth quicker this afternoon.

Camier is confident that the bike can perform well around the Silverstone circuit, and is aware of how close he was to clinching a provisional pole position spot. But now his team know what works and can go into Superpole tomorrow with the knowledge that the Brit is more than capable of snatching a front row start.

“I think we went the wrong way with settings this afternoon, as in the morning I was a lot closer and I only went a tenth quicker this afternoon, but at least we know which direction we need to go with it,” said Camier, speaking to bikesportnews.com at the circuit.


“The bike seems to work alright around here all the corners are flowing and open and you don’t need that much horse power off the turns, so when we can keep the bike rolling it seemed to work pretty good for us.

“Chassis wise we shortened the bike made it softer in the rear, but that sort of hurt the front feeling in the bike with the brakes, but I think the technicians have an idea of where they want to go with it, so we will see tomorrow morning if it works.

“Front row would be nice and second row would be acceptable, but I am pretty confident that we can go a step faster and close the gap on Tom a bit.”

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