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Leon Camier speaks of frustration despite first World Superbike podium finish

Leon Camier made a disappointing start to his World Superbikes career
Leon Camier made a disappointing start to his World Superbikes career

Leon Camier had mixed emotions after his first ever World Superbike podium finish in Assen.

The 23-year-old Aprilla Alitalia Racing rider qualified fifth at the Dutch circuit and built on a solid start to finish third, just behind James Toseland in second, in only his eighth start on the global stage.

The Ashford rider (pictured) then battled past the former double-World Champion in the second race to move into third spot with three laps to go, but a lapse in concentration as he closed on second-placed Leon Haslem caused Camier to run wide and crash spectacularly.

He said: "I am obviously very pleased to get my first World Superbike podium, but crashing just two laps from the end of the second race after I had just overtaken James to get into third really disappointed me.

“I felt very fast in the second part of the race and the tyres were slipping as a result but it was the same for everyone out there.

“Unfortunately I lost a lot time behind James initially and had to dice a little. He was riding in straight lines which made him very difficult to overtake.

“But once I did and I saw the gap with Leon getting smaller and smaller and I wanted to push for it by braking late – but I lost the bike and crashed.

“I’ll have to look at the glass as half full. We worked well and grew throughout the weekend and what I achieved and what the team managed to achieve can only favour us for the next race.”

World Superbike Championship races will be broadcast on Eurosport, with the European rounds also available in High Definition. Eurosport Sky 410 & Virgin Media 521. Eurosport HD is on Sky 412 and Virgin Media 522.

Camier now sits 11th in the championships standings with 48 points.

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