Camier overcomes problems for pole

Leon Camier has praised his Airwaves Yamaha R1 after qualifying on pole position for the latest round of the British Superbike Championship at Mallory Park.

Camier's weekend had been beset with problems throughout free practice, his lead bike suffering technical issues in second and third free practice, leaving him well down the field with barely any track time.

Nonetheless, the championship leader was back on form during the qualifying phases as he took the fight to Tommy Hill, the dominant force of the Mallory Park weekend thus far, eventually snatching pole position with a time of 56.016secs.

For Camier, the fact he was able to record pole position on a bike that had completed only a fraction of the laps of his rivals is testament to its strength.

"The last few years at Mallory Park have been horrendous for me. I've had issue after issue and a run of bad results. I thought this weekend was going the same way. We had problems with my number one bike up until qualifying which reduced our track time.

“To then qualify on pole just shows what a fantastic package the Airwaves Yamaha YZF-R1 is. Tommy Hill has been awesome all weekend. I'll need to get away well and really get my head down in the races tomorrow. It's going to be close out there."

Things were less positive for team-mate James Ellison, who had been threatening a spot on the front row during practice. However, he will start in seventh position after experiencing problems changing direction.

“I've been struggling all year on the Airwaves Yamaha with direction change. As Mallory Park has so many chicanes, it became the perfect place to try and solve it. I'm really pleased as we've seen in the data that I've improved the speed in which I'm now changing direction.

“The only problem is that it's affected the traction on the rear. We've got a couple of adjustments to try in warm-up to see if we can now get the best of both worlds."

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Camier, British WSBK 2009
Camier, British WSBK 2009
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]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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insider - Unregistered

July 20, 2009 10:07 PM

dominant honda, no dominant michelin thats why they won races, break downs if you look at the results i think you will find he has finnished every race, give credit to D healey for putting his money to the sport we support and stop being petty

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