Camier 'disappointed' by Cadwell DSQ.

Runaway MCE British Superbike Championship leader Leon Camier was in pragmatic mood after seeing a double victory stripped from him after the finish line at Cadwell Park on Monday.

The Airwaves Yamaha rider was disqualified after failing to pull off the track on the very last lap of race two, having been signalled to do so due to blue smoke emitting from his R1.

“On a personal note it was so good to come back and win [race one], finally putting to rest memories of the bad crash I had here two years ago,” said Camier, who badly broke a leg at Cadwell Park in 2007. “But of course I'm really disappointed about being disqualified from race two.

“Everything seemed to be going exactly to plan. Unfortunately I misinterpreted the rules; it's just one of those things,” he declared.

Camier's defence seemed to be that he thought he could finish the lap before stopping. But Race Direction insisted he should have stopped immediately - something team manager Colin Wright accepted.

“The rules are clear, the black and orange flag was shown for his and the other riders' safety - he should have stopped,” said Wright. “It is unfortunate but to be fair everyone is doing everything to stick to the rules, but it is a real shame for Leon.”

Caimier's DSQ handed victory to team-mate and nearest title rival James Ellison, although Leon's title lead is still a huge 97.5 points with three rounds to go.

"I feel sorry for Leon being disqualified from the race," said Ellison, after his third win of the season. "He has ridden superbly all season, and in particular this weekend. But I'm pleased that I managed to close the gap to him in the championship."

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yzfstu - Unregistered

September 01, 2009 6:14 PM

Ron Camier broke the rules by ignoring the flag in race 2. His points have been deducted in line with the rule book. What has he done to warrant further punishment?

Tell it like it is - Unregistered

September 02, 2009 9:37 AM

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. When a marshall sees a machine zooming by at 70mph plus, clearly exhibiting a fault resulting in blue oil burning smoke being ejected then stopping that rider has to be a priority, for the safety of not just the rider but the other competitors aswell. If oil were being laid down on the track and another rider or the actual rider involved were to fall and be seriously injured there would be a whole different discussion taking place about it. It was the right call from trackside, for all the right reasons. Leon cannot just ignore the rules no matter how dominant he is in the series. All in all it seems a fair outcome allround. :)

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