It was only a few short months ago that Leon Camier was still unsure if he would get a World Superbike ride of any kind, despite his record-breaking British Championship win in 2009.
How things have changed, as the tall Englishman from Ashford in Kent has not only landed a factory Aprilia Alitalia ride, he has taken his first World SBK podium at a motorcycle racing circuit he has not ridden at for over ten years.
At Assen Camier, 23-years-old, also followed the number one rule in racing – beat your team-mate – by outpacing his team-mate Max Biaggi in qualifying, and then taking third place in race one, when Biaggi was sixth.
Even a fall from his machine in race two came while Leon was fighting for his second podium of the day, pushing too aggressively on a less than ideal set-up.
Leon Camier says: "I’m obviously very pleased with race one because it was my first WSBK podium,’ said Camier. ‘Unfortunately I lost a lot of time behind Toseland in race two; he was taking strange lines which made him very difficult to overtake. Once in third place I saw the gap with Haslam getting smaller and I wanted to push for it by braking late, but I lost the front and crashed. We’ll have to look at the glass as half full: we worked well, growing throughout the weekend."