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Camier 'rains' supreme at Mallory
21 July 2009
Leon Camier overcame a potentially disastrous weekend at Mallory Park to inch closer to the 2009 ViSK.com British Superbike Championship title, the Airwaves Yamaha man recording his 11th win of the season in the process.
Having defied a series of technical issues in practice to qualify on pole position, a tardy start in race one left Camier in a difficult position through the opening turns when Richard Cooper fell directly ahead and forced him to a standstill.
Resuming the race in 23rd position, Camier made swift progress through the field to enter lap 22 of 30 in eighth position. Eighth quickly became second following the six bike pile-up ahead of him leaving Camier delighted with his surprise result.
"The first race was tough. I didn't get a particularly good start. I then decided to stick to the inside of the first corner to try and stop anyone from going through, but someone did anyway and it was just carnage. I had to cut across the grass but luckily got going again.
“It's quite difficult to overtake around Mallory Park but I tried to pick off as many people as possible. I could see I was catching the leading group but then the red flag came out. I feel really sorry for the guys that were involved but of course another one-two for Airwaves Yamaha is a great result for us.”
The arrival of rain for race two provided additional problems for Camier, who was yet to ride the R1 in wet weather conditions. Nonetheless, Camier was quick from the outset, assuming the lead on lap nine before being classified the winner when the race was stopped early.
"As I had no experience riding the Airwaves Yamaha in the wet, the plan was to make sure I brought some points home. I didn't think we could win. When we got out on track I found that the package the team had put together was awesome. I felt really comfortable and could build a gap."
Although the awarding of half-points in the second race means James Ellison, who posted the same results as Camier, has closed the gap slightly, the margin at the front remains 75.5 after 14 races.
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