Camier holds off Guintoli for pole

Leon Camier held off Sylvain Guintoli to score a second consecutive British Superbike Championship pole position for the latest round of the season at Donington Park.

The pair traded quick times through the three phases of qualification, but Camier's early effort of 1min 31.047secs during the crucial Superpole session was enough to resist Guintoli's last gasp attempt, the Frenchman falling short by just six hundredths of a second.

With Guintoli choosing to move onto new tyres late on, a loss of two tenths in the opening sequence would leave him with too much to do by the end of the lap, giving Camier a second straight top spot following a maiden pole position at Oulton Park.

Three tenths further back, James Ellison secured his first front row start of the season on the second Airwaves Yamaha after his final effort demoted the increasingly competitive Simon Andrews, who maintained his practice form to secure a spot on the outside of the front row.

Equally impressive was Chris Walker, who gave Henderson/Motorpoint Yamaha reason to smile in fifth position for their best showing of the season so far.

By contrast, Honda had a tough session, HM Plant rider Glen Richards popping up into sixth late on and leading Karl Harris, who wouldn't complete Superpole after suffering problems out on circuit. Nonetheless, he would still out-qualify his team-mate, Stuart Easton just behind in eighth.

Completing the top ten positions, Julien Da Costa made it a fine day for the MSS Colchester Kawasaki team in ninth place, with Ian Lowry tenth on the Relentless Suzuki.

Prior to the top ten shootout, Joshua Brookes led the casualties from Q2, the Australian getting caught out in a last lap dash for the line following a chequered flag.

Prompted when Graeme Gowland – who would be classified an eventual 11th – crashed at Starkey's Bridge, the remaining riders would have just a single lap available to make a difference, but with Brookes caught in a train of other bikes, he couldn't improve.

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Leon Camier - Airwaves Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Leon Camier - Airwaves Yamaha R1 [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Nitro Nori

May 24, 2009 5:50 PM

I think the 'Camier is good but not that good' merchants can go eat his dust... Good to see Ellison up there in 3rd (few extra points for my MCN roadrace team... good lad). Lets hope the Airwaves boys can get a 1-2, with Mason bagging some decent points also. Good to see Chrissy Walker in there in 5th. Nice one.

Nitro Nori

May 24, 2009 6:09 PM

Yes, exactly the same way, although I don't ever recall saying he'd DOMINATE anything (although he did dominate every pre-season testing session he went to which at the time wasn't a bad marker to base his '09 season form on now was it...), just that he'd be nearer the pointy end than he has been so far. Only half way through the season so far tho :p Hi Dale...

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