By Carly Rathmell
October 15 2005
19-year-old Leon Camier from Ashford, Kent, was crowned the British Supersport Champion at the weekend at the final round of the series at Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent. In front of a massive 25,000 strong crowd, Camier rode a strong race, knowing that he needed just to finish.
Having been dominant for the majority of the 2005 season, gaining seven-podium positions including four race wins, the youngster certainly meant business from the start. The Padgetts Honda rider set numerous lap records and inspired a number of people in the UK and abroad with his smooth riding style.
A former 125 British Champion at 15, Camier has certainly progressed through the ranks and has now achieved another goal in his ladder - and a step forward at his objective of being World Champion. Being the youngest rider in the fierce Supersport class, he certainly had to have his wits about him, contending against riders who have competed at World and GP status.
After a start line incident, Camier was forced back into tenth position but got his head down and worked his way through to sixth. A consistent season has seen the talented rider gain the British crown and head into 2006 feeling strong and confident.
Plans have not been confirmed yet as to where Camier will be riding in 2006, but a decision should be made and announced in the next month. He is actively looking into personal sponsorship for the 2006 season, and carrying the number ‘1’ plate should boost his prospects.
A delighted Camier said, “It’s been a fantastic season for me, and I’m so glad to have gained the title. It’s certainly taken a lot of hard work and dedication. I’ve had some great people helping and supporting me, and would like to thank them all for standing by me. I’ll be writing a personal dedication on my website to thank all those involved.
“My main thanks goes to my Mum and Dad for backing me throughout my racing career, and I now feel I am beginning to repay them for everything they have done for me, and also the full Padgetts team for having the faith in me this season. It’s a very fierce class and it could have gone any way all season, as the quality of riders is at such a high level. I’ll be deciding my plans for next year fairly shortly I hope, and whatever happens I’ll be looking forward to it.”
Leon will be attending the NEC Show on various days, and will be hoping to announce his 2006 plans soon.
For more information and to keep up-to-date, check out www.leoncamier.com.