‘I’d love to go for a ride with Mike Tyson. He has gen­uine at­ti­tude’

Leon Camier, fac­tory MV Agusta World Su­per­bike star, spills the beans

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Q1 What are you rid­ing?

I’m just wait­ing for a Yamaha XVS1100 Dragstar to turn up for the road but I’ve got lots of dirt bikes – a Husq­varna 450 su­per­moto, a KTM en­duro, a 250cc Yamaha mo­tocross bike, a tri­als bike...

Q2 Which liv­ing mo­tor­cy­clist do you most ad­mire?

Valentino Rossi is the ob­vi­ous one. For all his achieve­ments and the mo­ti­va­tion to keep rac­ing. But then there’s Casey Stoner for his out-and-out speed too.

Q3 What’s your worst habit?

Ev­ery­thing I do, ac­cord­ing to my girl­friend! Even my breath­ing an­noys her! Which is fair enough be­cause I imag­ine I am a pain in the arse to live with.

Q4 If you could have one su­per­power, what would it be?

The abil­ity to take Tom Sykes’ ton­sils out! [Sykes was play­ing pool, very loudly, in the back­ground – ed.]

Q5 What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone on a bike?

I don’t know for sure but it was prob­a­bly on my Aprilia RSV4 World Su­per­bike on the main straight at Monza. That would have been about 206mph.

Q6 When were you last scared?

I had a big mo­ment at Turn 1 at Phillip Is­land this year. I had an oil leak and it was all over my tyre. I was ap­proach­ing the cor­ner at over 200mph and when I hit the brakes to turn in, the rear just came round. My whole life flashed be­fore my eyes at that point. It was soooo fast. Be­cause there was so much oil on the tyre it didn’t come back, grip, and high­side me; it just sort of came back gen­tly and I some­how stayed on it.

Q7 How many miles have you done in the last year?

Not many on the road but I’ll have rid­den thou­sands of miles on dirt bikes.

Q8 What’s the high­est mileage you’ve cov­ered in one day?

I’ve done Ex­treme En­duros and that’s six or seven hours a day rid­ing.

Q9 What ir­ri­tates you most?

You want to go fast but you just feel that, at any point, some­thing’s gonna hap­pen that’s not your fault. That takes the fun out of it for me on the road.

Q10 You’ve got two weeks off – where are you go­ing?

I’m think­ing of a plan for my next birth­day, which will in­volve tak­ing my mo­torhome to the north of Spain or the north of Por­tu­gal with some mates, fly­ing back to get our en­duro bikes, and then rid­ing all the way from An­dorra – where I live – across the north of Spain and back to the mo­torhome to do some surf­ing.

Q11 Got one pearl of wis­dom for new rid­ers?

Keep your eyes open!

Q12 Ever fallen off some­where em­bar­rass­ing?

The scari­est part of do­ing Ex­treme En­duros is when you have to ride slowly round the arena in front of ev­ery­one at the end. I’m not very good at tri­als rid­ing so a stupid lit­tle stone or some­thing like that is enough to make me fall off and look like a dick. I’ve done it many times!

Q13 Do you have one in­dis­pens­able item of kit?

I’ve worn the same Spidi back pro­tec­tor for years.

Q14 Which four peo­ple would you in­vite on a Sun­day blast?

Mike Tyson be­cause I read his book and his char­ac­ter is so not nor­mal. He’s got a gen­uine don’t-give-a-f*** at­ti­tude. Apart from him, I’d in­vite my mates be­cause they’re the guys I have the most fun with. So that’s Chaz Davies (WSB star), Jonny Walker (pro En­duro rider) and Taddy Blazu­siak (for­mer tri­als and en­duro cham­pion).

Q15 Do you have a tool you couldn’t live with­out?

My Swiss Army knife. My dad started me on that when I was lit­tle so I’ve had it about 20 years. It’s al­ways in my bag.

Q16 Do you ad­just your bike’s sus­pen­sion?


Q17 If you could have one of your bikes back, which would it be?

I’m kind of try­ing to get all of my old race bikes back that I won on. I know who’s got my 2001 125 but he wants silly money. Then there’s my 2005 Honda CBR600 Su­pers­port bike, which I need to speak to Pad­getts about, and my 2009 Yamaha R1 BSB bike, which is up for sale at the mo­ment.

Q18 What would you never buy?

I don’t re­ally see the point in big situp-and-beg tour­ing bikes. I want to go fast, not just ride around for thou­sands of miles.

Q19 Which road (or track) would you build on your desert is­land?

Mugello, with bits of Imola built in. Mugello is just on an­other level – big, spec­tac­u­lar, fast and flow­ing.

Q20 If you ruled the world, what new law would you pass?

I could shoot my ri­vals with im­mu­nity! No, I’m jok­ing, don’t print that.

‘My whole life flashed be­fore my eyes. It was soooo fast’

It’s not easy but Camier is se­ri­ously rapid on the MV Agusta He’s a for­mer BSB champ and now he wres­tles the MV Agusta in WSB Camier’s early days rid­ing for Honda in BSB

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