Camier: I'm over the moon!

Leon Camier says he is 'over the moon' after successfully reaching three milestones with his hat-trick of victories during the latest round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

Camier became the first person to score three BSB wins in one weekend at the Kent circuit following the series' inaugural 'triple-header' event, the victories taking his tally this season to 14, surpassing Niall Mackenzie's twelve-year record of 13.

Just as significant, Camier's triumph represents GSE Racing team manager Colin Wright's 100th BSB victory, while this was all achieved at his and the team's home circuit.

"I'm over the moon to secure Colin Wright's 100th BSB victory. To win the first ever triple, and beat Niall Mackenzie's record for race wins at my home round is really special.”

Camier was made to work hard for his victories though, each time being forced to fend off the attentions of World Superbike rider Broc Parkes, particularly in the final race of the weekend when a poor start left him as low as eighth.

Nonetheless, Camier would prevail on each occasion, his perfect points haul of 75 points increasing his margin over James Ellison in the overall standings to 113.5 points.

"Race one was pretty hard. Broc managed to build a gap at the start and I had to push to catch him. It was really hot out there and pretty greasy so I had to focus on being smooth and not doing anything too aggressive. I didn't actually mean to pass him where I did, but I pulled it off. I then got my head down.

“Races two and three were difficult. I had possibly my best ever start in Race Two. We don't have launch control on the Airwaves Yamaha, but I managed to get away at the front anyway.

“Then in the third race, I had my usual bad start and fell right back. I knew I had to get up to the front quickly else there'd be too much of a gap to make up. Once I was in the lead, I just had to get my head down and pull away. The crowd at Brands Hatch has been amazing, so thank you to everyone for their support."

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Leon Camier - Airwaves Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Josh Brookes, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, Shane Byrne, Dan Linfoot [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
BSB, race start, Brands Hatch, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
BSB race action, Brands Hatch [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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FooAtari - Unregistered

August 10, 2009 11:36 AM

I like Camier. He is a decent solid rider, but no way is he as good as his new records are suggesting. I wouldn't see he's in the top 10 of best BSB riders ever. It's a combination of various factors. 1. The R1 is the class of the field. 2. There isn't a huge amount of competition. All last years front runners went off to do WSS/WSB 3. Guintlolli got taken out early in the season. Who knows how close the fight would have been, but it's pretty certain, based on his early pace he would have taken a number of wins this year, reducing Camiers total. If Camier is THAT good why did he get spanked left and right by Byrne last year?

FooAtari - Unregistered

August 10, 2009 11:38 AM

If Guintolli was riding and there were a few of those illegal Ducatis on the grid we would not be talking about Camier like this right now. But, at the end of the day it is what it is. You can't say he is not grabbing the opportunity given to him.

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