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Camier on top in FP1

Leon Camier picked up where he left off as free practice for the third round of the ViSK.com British Superbike Championship got underway at Donington Park, the Airwaves Yamaha rider leading by a sizeable margin.

Competing with a full specification engine for the first time this weekend, Camier moved to the front in the latter stages with a lap time of 1min 32.468secs, some seven tenths quicker than his nearest competitor Stuart Easton

While the Hydrex Honda rider's last flying lap wasn't enough to get close to Camier, it did place him second, marginally ahead of Sylvain Guintoli, the Frenchman's prior experience of the circuit ensuring he is up to speed immediately.

Glen Richards was fourth quickest, ahead of initial pace setter Karl Harris, while Jon Kirkham put in a fine early showing on the Jentin Yamaha to post the sixth quickest time.

R1 counterpart Chris Walker was seventh, ahead of leading Kawasaki representative Simon Andrews, while Jason O'Halloran and James Ellison completed the top ten.

Elsewhere, runaway Cup leader Gary Mason once again led the privateers in 11th position overall, just ahead of factory rider Josh Brookes on the HM Plant Honda.


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Leon Camier - Airwaves Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
British Superbikes, class of 2017 photo, riders [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Richard Cooper, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Taylor Mackenzie, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki, BSB [Credit: MSV Media]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki, BSB [Credit: MSV Media]
Sylvain Guintoli, Suzuki, Sepang [Credit: Peter McLaren]
Sylvain Guintoli, Suzuki, Sepang [Credit: Peter McLaren]

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Richard Mushet

May 23, 2009 10:17 PM
Last Edited 2860 days ago

Donington is an absolute disgrace. There's most of the infield (coppice and hangar straight) unaccessable, the marshalls are peeved because parts of the circuit are closed to them, so riders have to wait untilthe session has stopped if they've been unlucky enough to drop it at certain sides of the circuit. The trade sites are stuck behind Redgate like an afterthought and it generally looks like a cowboy's building site. Still, interesting watching practice today. Just watch Guintoli get quicker and the gap between him and Camier shrink by the time superpole starts. It's going to be even hotter tomorrow as well - bring it on! EDIT: Has Simon Gillett been disagreeing with my post? Heh heh.



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