Imola, September 25th, 2011 – Imola always provides an exciting race day. The Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit, which hosted the triumph of Max Biaggi last year, provides the Aprilia colours with a great day again in 2011. This time it was Leon Camier who stirred up the fans of the manufacturer from Noale, with a second race built on perseverance taking him to the third step of the podium. The English rider, exhausted as he crossed the finish line, set his pace after a brilliant start which placed him in third place, even taking second at one point during the race.
At the midway point Leon struggled a bit, settling into fourth place until Rea, leading until four laps from the end, had problems due to technical issues. So he crossed the finish line in third place which, summed with the second place that Pata Racing Team's Nori Haga brought home on his Aprilia RSV4, was enough to earn the Veneto factory second place in the manufacturer standings, overtaking Yamaha and moving in behind Ducati.
The first race was disappointing for Leon, compromised when he overshot the last chicane which resulted in a 5 second stop-and-go. The loss of positions was too great for him and Camier's comeback stopped at fifteenth place.
“We’ve had a really up and down season – Leon admits at the end of Race 2 – and it’s good to get a podium for Aprilia, it’s an absolutely awesome feeling. These races and the season in general have been truly tiring, I’m exhausted! It’s a shame about the first race, we could have done a lot better without that mistake, and I’ve got to feel sorry for Jonny Rea – he deserved to come away with a double today. He’s had an awesome weekend, just back after an injury and out there leading the race, so it was a shame for him. Well done, on the other hand, to Carlos and Nori, they were really quick today".