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Leon Camier left frustrated and disappointed by braking problems on his home MotoGP debut at Silverstone

01 September 2014
by Andrew Gidley

Leon Camier finished narrowly out of the points on his home Moto GP debut at Silverstone on Sunday.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier

The 28-year-old Ashford born rider was making his third successive appearance for the Drive M7 Aspar team, as replacement for injured Nicky Hayden, sidelined with a wrist injury, and hoping to follow-up winning  his maiden point, after finishing 15th last time out at Brno in the Czech Republic, a fortnight ago.

He had to settle for 16th this time, finishing 6.5 seconds behind Alex de Angelis, with Aspar team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama, just ahead of him.      

Camier improved three places on the opening lap, but speaking to  Crash. net website, he said:  “I think we could have done more. As soon as I went out I felt that something was wrong with the brakes. They didn't slow me down like they normally do and I nearly ran off the track on the warm-up lap,” 

“I got a good start and made some really good passes, but I soon knew something definitely wasn't right with the brakes. I kept running deep and couldn't brake as I wanted.

He added: “I couldn't show my best, which was disappointing. I feel like I'm not riding like I can. Not confident. I can't get off on the gas and roll out of the turn like a want to.

"I was trying to ride as best I could but we are missing something. We need testing and to change something drastically on the bike to make it work better.” 

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