MV Agusta rider Leon Camier said he was happy with his fifth-place in Germany in Saturday, but is aware there is a long way to go before he can finish on the podium for the first time this year.
Brit Camier finished in fifth behind Jordi Torres after starting the race in seventh place and at one point dropping down to ninth.
The race was won by Chaz Davies, but being able to keep the pace of the second and third drivers Tom Sykes and Nicky Hayden over the final few laps left the 30-year-old Camier very pleased.
“I’ve got to be really happy with that, we had sort of a couple of dramas over the weekend and I didn’t really think it would be possible, especially to be so strong at the end, catching Sykes and Hayden,” said Camier.
“All of a sudden right at the end of the race we were in a pretty close group, so to have the podium pace I’m really happy – to actually make the podium I think is a different story.”
But there is still work to be done for the MV Agusta to become a winning machine.
“I know where we’re lacking in a few areas and to make that step is something the guys need to work hard on over the winter,” he added.
Meanwhile, second place rider Sykes said that his performance on Saturday was “acceptable,” but that he hoped to go one better on Sunday.
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“Second position is acceptable today considering the championship points,” said the Kawasaki rider. “Things went in my favour today and it just shows in racing anything is possible so I’m really happy with this but tomorrow is another day.
“I’d like to be closer to Chaz, ideally fighting for the victory with him, but looking at the monitors I think 10 seconds to find overnight is quite something so we’ll see.”