December 18 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Leon Camier heads to Moscow for the next round next weekend.
Leon Camier admits he still has a point to prove in the World Superbike Championships.
The Ashford racer is in his third season on the world circuit after becoming the youngest-ever winner of the British Superbike Championship in 2009.
But he has struggled for results this term in what is his first season with new team – FIXI Crescent Suzuki.
He is currently 16th in the standings, some way behind his seventh place finish last season with four races left, including the next weekend’s round which for the first time takes place in Moscow.
“I have been wanting and expecting a lot more,” he said. “There have been a few things this year they know have not been right, it’s not been as strong as we have wanted.
“I feel like I have been riding really well and battling for 10th but I feel like I should be winning the race.
“If we can win at British championship level there’s no reason we cannot win at world level, it is about having the right team and right bike. If it is not quite right you are half a second off the pace and you are in 15th. Everything has to be perfect.
“I want to be a world champion and I have got to do what I have got to do to do it. I still feel like I have got a point to prove, ideally I would like to be successful in world superbikes.”
The 25-year-old has just moved into a new home in the tax haven of Andorra, nestled in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, and while winning the world title is his biggest aim he is also hoping to start learning Spanish.
“I can speak absolutely nothing, but I have got to learn. I’m going to make myself learn this year,” he said.
“I know some of the basics, but there is no way I could have a conversation with anyone, I suppose I could order food and things, but I need to have lessons.”
He says the lifestyle in the country is perfect for training, and on the social side as lots of other athletes, and superbike stars are near neighbours.
“There are a lot of riding trails, there is so much stuff to do, and also in winter. It’s a good place to be for training, and it’s a relaxing way of life.”