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Damien Cudlin misses WSBK chance as Camier make brave comeback at Assen

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FIXI Crescent Suzuki racer Leon Camier made a fearless return to the racing arena today as he successfully completed the first day of practice for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship round at Assen, less than two weeks after serious injury.

Camier was passed fit to participate in this morning's free practice, with a further fitness test scheduled after the session to assess his condition to take part in the rest of the weekend's proceedings.

Camier performed well in the treacherous conditions and recorded an inspiring eighth quickest time around the 4,542m Dutch circuit. He was then given the go ahead to partake in this afternoon's qualifying session and the rest of the weekend's events.

Camier then produced another brave ride to post the 10th fastest time in first qualifying to see him safely into the provisional positions for tomorrow's Superpole. He will undergo further treatment this evening to make sure his is in the best possible condition for tomorrow's sessions and Sunday's races.

"I'm happy that I can ride, but after about three of four laps my knee stiffens up and feels like it's blocked and it becomes really painful in the wet." Camier explained. "I didn't have a particularly good feeling with the bike today, but maybe I was a bit stiff and not quite riding how I need to.

"I think that in the dry the feeling in my knee will be a bit worse, but I've got to take it as it comes and hopefully it will loosen off a bit more.

"We've still got about a day-and-a-half before the race, so I've got time for it to improve. Hopefully when race-day comes I can do the distance."

Camiers brave decision to take to the track has ment Australian Damien Cudlin will miss the Assen race. Cudlin had been bought in to the Fixi team for the Assen round as a last minute fill in, if Camier was unable to prove his fitness.

Team Manager Paul Denning gave high praise to Cudlin for the professional way he has conducted himself in the lead up to the Assen event, with Denning leaving the door open for Cudlin to possibly work with the team again in the future.

"I'd like to say thank-you once again to Damian Cudlin for being here at Assen as a reserve rider," said Denning. "It's been a pleasure to have him around, he knew that Leon was going to try and ride before the weekend started, and he has been totally professional in his short time with the team.

"I hope we get the chance to work with him again some time in the future," he concluded.

Catch all the action live from Asses on the Speed Channel on the Foxtel network including qualifying tonight at 10.15pm EST.

Top Image: Camier proved his fitness and will race this weekends WSBK round at Assen
Credit: Suzuki Racing

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