Camier misses front row by a whisker
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier will start both of tomorrow's fifth-round World Superbike races at Donington from the second row of the grid after qualifying in seventh today.
Camier easily booked his place in this afternoon's Superpole after a strong final qualifying this morning, which actually saw the Englishman lead the timesheets in the closing minutes of the session. Camier recorded the seventh and eighth quickest times respectively in Superpole 1 and 2, before finally setting a time of 1'28.551 in Superpole 3, narrowly missing out on a front-row grid position by just two-tenths-of-a-second, even though his time was over three-tenths-of-a-second faster than the current lap record.
Peter Hickman, standing in for the injured John Hopkins, was unable to get into Superpole, but gained more experience of his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R today and hopefully his hard work will yield some Championship points tomorrow, as he starts his World Superbike career from 19th on the grid. Hickman continued to improve throughout the day and is confident of putting on a good performance in tomorrow's races.
The young Englishman is deputising for Hopkins this weekend following the latter being forced to miss this weekend's event at Donington after crashing at Monza last Sunday. Hopkins has now returned to America for further tests on his injured hip after an examination in the UK failed to conclusively find the extent of the damage. It is hoped that Hopkins will make a quick recovery and will be able to take his place alongside Camier at Miller Park in America later this month.
Today's Superpole was won by British rider Tom Sykes on a Kawasaki, giving the likeable Yorkshireman his fourth pole position from five events so far this season. Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri - both on BMWs - and Max Biaggi on an Aprilia make up the rest of the front row.
Camier, Hickman and the rest of the World Superbike grid will line up for Sunday's first race at 12.00hrs local time (13.00hrs CEST); with the second outing scheduled for 15.30hrs local time (16.30hrs CEST).
Jack Valentine - Team Manager:
Paul Denning - Team Principal:
"Peter has impressed the whole team with his willingness to work hard learning the bike. He has done an extremely solid job and hopefully this will translate into his first WSBK points. I'd like to thank Nick Morgan and the MSS team for allowing him to ride for us this weekend."
Donington Superpole 3 Results: