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World Superbikes 2011 Round #1 Phillip Island

Well its the start of the new season and my money is on Leon Camier to be up there fighting for podiums at every round. The man never ceases to amaze me – not only was he sick as a parrot for most this weekend’s racing downunder, but managed to nab 6th place in race 2…..

Alitalia Aprilia’s Leon Camier reckons he is shocked with the sixth place he nabbed on the final lap of Phillip Island’s second World Superbike race given he spent most of the week struck down with glandular fever.

Camier was unsure he’d even be able to finish a race over the week but, after changing tyres in between races, he found more pace in the second outing and leaves Australia just outside the top ten.

“I’m honestly shocked by today’s results, especially the second race. I just concentrated on keeping things steady and trying to get into a rhythm, not making any mistakes, and I managed to work my way through,” said Camier.

“I have never felt so ill and wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to finish, so to come away just outside the top ten of the Championship isn’t so bad. It’s frustrating to think what might have been if I wasn’t ill, but there’s no point dwelling on it. There’s a long season ahead of us and to see what we achieved today, even with my illness and limited track time, is definitely encouraging.

“I can’t really explain just how tired I’m feeling now. Luckily we’ve got four weeks before the round at Donington Park to try and get myself back to normal. I really want to thank everyone who has taken the time to send in messages of support this weekend. Hopefully I can repay you all at the next round.

“Before the second race we change the rear tyre and at the start I tried to ride calmly, looking for my pace and avoiding errors. Lap after lap the feeling got better and I climbed my way to sixth place. To say I was tired is an understatement, but if I think about the presuppositions I can consider myself quite satisfied.

“Without this illness things could have gone differently, but it doesn’t matter; now I need to lower my head and get to work – there is still a long season ahead.”


Gino Rea stays with Intermoto Honda in WSS

A few years back I was in Valencia doing what the professionals call  ‘pre season testing’ but to the likes of me, it was the chance to ‘get some practice in’ before the start of the club racing season here in the UK.

While I was there a young Gino Rea was on track being fast and in the pits being friendly. A lad I thought was gonna go far.

Well he has, stayed with a great team for his World Supersport challenge in 2011.

Watch out Eugene, Biaggi, Leon, Marco et al as this boy will be in World Superbikes very soon!

Rea will remain in the same livery for 2011

Londoner Gino Rea will remain with his Intermoto Honda team for the 2011 World Supersport season but expects he can fight for the crown after scoring podiums last year.

Rea, who was 2009 European Superstock 600 Champion, will have the same team, bike and crew chief this year and says that fighting for top-threes straightaway is realistic.

“I really can’t wait for the 2011 World Supersport Championship to start, I’m glad that I finally signed for the Intermoto Czech team again. It means I’ll be continuing with the same team, same bike and same crew chief, Andrew Stone – so I’m expecting to bring the team some wins and podiums from the off,” said Rea.

“At the start of last year in Phillip Island, the bike was still being built so it was the first time I’d ridden it. Andrew and I worked well together and gradually developed the bike throughout the year. Now we know what we need from the bike, I know the championship and our potential is much higher already.

“There is still room for improvement in the bike, It was the teams first year with Motec Electronics so it took time to develop. Towards the end of the season we had them working well, but we need to continue improving to be at the front. It is a similar situation with the suspension.”


Leon Camier on his long-term friendship with Moto GP rider Casey Stoner

I met with Leon a few years back when I was ending my time motorcycle racer and he was just starting his. He impressed me then and still impresses me know. Let’s hope there are no team orders in the Aprilia team this season, at any of the Italians rounds of WSB.

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They learned the trade together as teenagers and although their careers have taken different paths, Leon Camier and Casey Stoner continue to compete against each other.

Ashford’s World Superbike rider Camier and former Moto GP champion Stoner have come a long way since they first set foot on the motorsport ladder, but have remained close friends. Despite competing in different world championships, the pair continue to learn from each other in training sessions and are keen to resume their previous on-track battles.

The duo were reunited last month for a series of training sessions at Stoner’s home in Australia. But it was in the British 125cc Championship a decade ago when they first met, becoming firm friends and fierce track rivals. Stoner, then 16, made the trip to Britain from Australia in 2000 to launch his superbike career, while Camier was embarking on only his third season of circuit racing. Stoner won the championship that year, while Camier finished 12th overall. They locked horns the following season, with the Kent rider taking the title.

Since then, Stoner has risen through the Moto GP ranks, impressively beating Valentino Rossi to the world title in 2007 at the tender age of 21. Although Camier is yet to taste glory in the World Superbike Championship (WSB), the former British champion is hot on his friend’s heels in training and is eyeing another track meeting.

Camier said: “After the Phillip Island test last month I went up to Casey’s house with my manager Andy Walker, we have all known each other since 2000. It’s great that we are all still friends. We have been training but also having fun, but most things turn into a big competition. I’m thinking about going pro at table tennis after some of the games we played.

“It’s difficult to learn from each other as neither of us disclose detailed information about our bikes and we’re in different classes, but we can learn about training techniques. All racers want to be the best and Casey proved it in 2007. Maybe one day soon we will be in the same championship again.”

While Camier hopes to beat his friend on the track in the future, his mind is firmly fixed on his second season in the WSB with Aprilia. The campaign begins at Australia’s Phillip Island on February 27.

He said: “Every year is a big year, and I will continue to put maximum effort into every session and every race. After having a good rookie season, I would like to build on that and be a regular podium contender.”