Cluzel Takes Two Ninths At Donington

/ May 27, 2013
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Jules Cluzel took two ninth placed finishes at Donington Park at the weekend, as the World Superbike rookie continued to improve and impress on his FIXI Crescent Suzuki.

The Frenchman got a good start from 11th on the grid and made up two places on the first lap in both events.

In race two Cluzel pushed harder as the race wore on and learnt a lot more of how the GSX-R1000 performs at the end of a race on used tyres.

He said, “I am happy with the second race because we finished in the top-10 and I felt some things that we can use which will help us improve at the next couple of races.

“At the end of the race I was able to push a bit harder and this is good for me. If I push too hard in the first few laps I make mistakes, so I am now trying to ride like I did in Aragon and wait a bit and build up my performance.

“When I feel I am ready to start pushing from the first lap I will do that, but at this moment I need to wait a bit. I was happy that I ended the race with my lap-time quite close to my best lap and I feel that we can now do some good things soon.”

It was a weekend to forget for Leon Camier, who, after qualifying in fifth, saw his hopes of a good result dashed after two crashes at Goddards.

A mistake in race one saw him run on at the esses, which relegated him down the field. As he fought to claw back positions, is over enthusiasm saw him crash at the final turn.

In race two he made a better start, but was also caught out at the final corner. This time he could remount and finished 13th.

He said, “I had a bad start and was a bit too aggressive in the first race, even though I felt ok on the bike. I was trying to get past Canepa, but in the slower corners I was struggling a bit to get the bike pulled-up.

“I knew this, but I was desperate to get past him because I could see the front group going away, so it was my mistake and I ran off. Then I was pushing really hard to come back through the field and crashed. I was frustrated in race two because I felt like I didn’t have the best grip and the BMWs got past me, so I pushed hard but got caught out at Goddards.

“The front went from underneath me, I don’t really know why it happened, but I couldn’t do much about it. I picked the bike up and tried my hardest to come back, but the main pack was too far away to catch them. I will now have to put this behind me and try and do my best at Portimao in a couple of week’s time.”