Britain’s Leon Camier was pleased to secure sixth in the opening race of the US World Superbike round at a circuit that has proven difficult for MV Agusta in recent years.
Camier has enjoyed a solid weekend in the US, a trouble-free Friday allowing him to carry out meaningful running on his MV and set the bike up for a ninth place in qualifying.
Getting off the line well, Camier soon found himself chasing Barni’s Racing’s Xavi Fores for fifth – at one stage, the MV rider was just six tenths of a second behind Fores.
However, an ongoing battle with a lack of front grip in the sweltering heat saw him lose touch in the closing stages after several warnings from the front-end.
“I was pushing so hard from really early on, it was a really good race and Fores was riding really well,” said Camier.
“I think I caught him and was within six tenths of him but I was losing the front so much.
“I lost the front once and nearly caught him, I couldn’t quite get him. All in all it was a really good race.
“I’m really happy, it’s one of our weakest tracks and we managed to get a good result.”
Camier was fully expecting a struggle with grip during the 25-lap race, but found the Pirelli tyres to offer decent grip and, crucially, consistency for the duration.
Starting from third for Sunday’s second outing, Camier is happy with the performance of his MV and, save for a few adjustments, will not make any major changes to the bike during the warm-up.
“We won’t change much, maybe try and get some performance from a few parts. But I’m happy.
“It was to be expected to have low grip, and consistency from the tyres was good; I lapped the whole race within six tenths (of my best laptime), the tyres were working better (than) to be expected.
“With the crazy hot temperature it’s normal to have everyone struggle.”