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Starting from 12th on the grid, Camier was down in 15th place at the end of the first circulation after an incident with another rider forced him off the track. He began his fight up the field and passed many riders as he moved into the top-10 on lap-five with a double overtaking manoeuvre on the brakes at the end of the start/finish straight. Camier continued his progression through the pack and after Jonathan Rea and race-leader Eugene Laverty were both forced to retire with bike problems, Camier moved up to fourth place by the end of lap-11. He held this position for the remainder of the race and recorded consistent times that saw him finish only just over nine-seconds behind eventual race winner Marco Melandri. Camier’s result was his and FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s best result of the season so far and shows the race potential of the Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R. Unfortunately for Camier he didn’t fare as well in race two, when a simple mechanical issue on lap-12 caused the Englishman to retire from the race as he was making progress through the field and was closing on the fight for sixth place.

Jules Cluzel had two very impressive performances today as he brought his FIXI Crescent Suzuki home comfortably inside the top-10 in both races. Starting from the middle of the third row, Cluzel was ninth at the end of lap-one in the first race and struggled to find a rhythm early on as he was relegated to 12th, but the Frenchman re-grouped and made his way back up to ninth on lap-11, a position he held until the 20th-lap when he passed Carlos Checa to move into eighth and hold that place until the chequered flag. In race two Cluzel’s team made some setting changes to help the rider, and his performance and lap-times improved as he held a consistent pace throughout. He gave chase to race-one winner Melandri and passed the Italian on lap-14 to move up to seventh, after which the FIXI Crescent Suzuki man was under pressure from Davide Giugliano, but Cluzel managed to put some space between him and the Aprilia and brought his machine home in a creditable and impressive seventh.

Both of today’s races were held in cloudy conditions with track temperatures reaching a high of 27°C during the first race. Melandri took victory in race one by one of the smallest margins in Superbike history, as he led Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli over the line by just 0.007 seconds. Race two saw Laverty make amends for his race one retirement by racing to the win ahead of his team-mate Guintoli.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki will now head back to the UK before it prepares to travel to the next round of the series, which is scheduled for Imola in Italy on Sunday 30th June.

Portimao – eni FIM Superbike – Race One:

1. Marco Melandri (BMW) 38’12.447: 2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) +0.007: 3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) +4.224: 4. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +9.479: 5. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) +12.057: 8. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +22.337:

Portimao – eni FIM Superbike – Race Two:

1. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 38’02.051: 2. Guintoli +4.107: 3. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +5.853: 4. Baz +15.306: 5. Chaz Davies (BMW) +17.552: 7. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +29.392: DNF. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI):

Championship Classification:

1. Guintoli 213: 2. Sykes 185: 3. Laverty 174: 4. Melandri 156: 5. Davies 133: 10. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 72: 11. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 62:

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