MotoGP returned from its summer break with another dramatic weekend of racing which included a first time winner, one very familiar winner, and some sensational performances from riders at either ends of their Grand Prix careers. The TCF Power Five looks at those who performed best at the Brickyard.
5. Leon Camier (MotoGP)
It may have ended in a retirement but Leon Camier’s MotoGP debut was nothing short of outstanding. Thrown in at the deep end on a motorcycle, tyres and at a circuit that he had never experienced before, the Briton faced the mother of uphill tasks but approached the challenge with a cool head and set about turning the heads of onlookers up and down the paddock.
After easing his way in during Friday practice, a day which he ended at the bottom of the timesheets, Camier began to express himself on Saturday and in his very first qualifying session, he finished as the second fastest production Honda with only the inspired Scott Redding ahead of him. Not even his experienced teammate Hiroshi Aoyama could match him.
The race fell unfortunately flat for the debutant as mechanical gremlins intervened but while his Honda was healthy, Leon’s pace was comparable with others on similar machinery. He may not have scored a point but he had made one loud and clear to the MotoGP paddock.
(Photo Credit: MotoGP.com)