Leon Camier recorded the eleventh fastest time during the opening day of the Pirelli French WorldSBK round on what was a wet Magny Cours track.
The Brit placed eleventh in the day’s combined classification, which was based on results from the morning session, held on a damp track. During the afternoon session, which played out in heavy rain, Leon set a strong fifth fastest time.
A similar path was followed by teammate Ryuichi Kiyonari, fifteenth in the morning’s first free practice session (and so fifteenth also in the combined standings) and the author of a good fourth-place finish at the end of the afternoon stint.
Leon Camier: “This morning we rode on a drying track, this afternoon on a wet track, with conditions changing dramatically between the two sessions. In the rain the bike is quite friendly to ride, everything is nice and easy to use so we were able to be quite consistent in FP2. All in all, it was an “ok” day. I tried not to risk too much and worked to regain my feeling with the bike after four and a half months with no riding. My shoulder felt good and didn’t bother me at all, but only by riding in the dry will we see how it really is, because this track is quite physical with a lot of brusque changes of direction.”
Ryuichi Kiyonari: “It’s the first time I’ve ridden in the wet at this track and my feeling in these conditions was fairly good, despite the surface being quite slippery. This morning we spent the session working on improving our bike’s wet setting and we actually made some promising progress, so that in the afternoon we were able to be quite fast on what was an even wetter track”.