Camier restores order with dominant win
13 September 2009
An Airwaves Yamaha rider is guaranteed to win the 2009 MCE British Superbike title after Leon Camier did enough to put himself out of reach of Stuart Easton with victory number 16 at Croft.
Making up for his race one indiscretion, when a mistake consigned him down to sixth position, Camier was the dominant winner once he got out in front from lap six, crossing the line almost nine seconds up on race one winner Easton.
Although the win signals another record-breaking performance by Camier as he extends his seasonal victory tally, the result is also significant in that the title race is officially down to just Camier and his team-mate James Ellison with five races remaining. It also means the GSE Racing team is destined for a fifth title at BSB level.
The race itself was a relatively uneventful affair, Camier getting a better start on this occasion to round Clerveaux in fourth position, behind Josh Brookes, who did a rare thing in beating Easton down to the opening bend, and Simon Andrews.
With a series of rushed overtaking manoeuvres hampering his efforts in race one, Camier took a more measured approach in his run to the front, passing Andrews by the end of lap one and then Brookes on lap four.
Easton, who had overtaken Brookes on the opening lap at Tower, proved a more difficult prospect for Camier, but he too would succumb to the charging 23-year-old, at the same corner on lap six.
From here, Camier was untroubled all the way to the chequered flag, eking out his advantage steadily to cross the line a clear distance up on Easton
Although he comes away with the day's largest points haul, Easton could not do quite enough to keep himself in the title hunt, but he was able to claw more ground back on second place Ellison. He is now 32 points behind.
Ellison, meanwhile, enjoyed the most eventful time of his rivals as he battled his way back into contention from a poor start that left him down in seventh position.
Nonetheless, like Camier, he picked his way through the order to eventually cross the line in fourth place having just run out of laps to challenge Brookes for third position. Just behind, Simon Andrews fought off the attentions of Tommy Hill and Ian Lowry to finish fifth and make amends for his earlier accident.
Meanwhile, Quay Garage Honda's Gary Mason is confirmed as the 2009 Mirror.co.uk Cup champion after finishing a marvellous eighth overall, having run as high as fifth, and winning his class. Key rival Peter Hickman needed to finish second to keep his title hopes alive, but third in class means Mason wins by at least 0.5 points.
Elsewhere, Julien Da Costa posted another top ten finish in ninth, ahead of John Laverty, while Chris Walker and Graeme Gowland ended the day on a quiet note for the Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha team in 11th and 12th.
Sylvain Guintoli finished a forgettable 13th after only just getting the better of Tommy Bridewell on the dated NB Suzuki late on, while Hickman completed the points in 15th, ahead of Karl Harris and Ryuichi Kiyonari, the latter failing to score after running off track early on.