BSB »'s Top 10 BSB Riders - 3rd

James Ellison becomes a British Superbike race winner for the first time in 2009, even if he is overshadowed by GSE Racing team-mate Leon Camier
Was James Ellison's first season with GSE Racing a success? It's a tough question to answer…

Every now and then, a rider and bike gel almost immediately. Leon Camier's affinity with the Airwaves Yamaha R1 is a case point. It didn't matter that it was fresh out of the box because Camier was comfortable straight away – comfortable and quick…

James Ellison's relationship with the R1, on the other hand, was more tumultuous. Receiving the lion's share of the reliability woes on the bike's first weekend of competition, Camier's subsequent victory at the Brands Hatch opener would ultimately give him the psychological upper hand he'd cling on to until the end of the season.

In isolation, Ellison enjoyed a great first year with the Airwaves Yamaha team. Essentially only his second season at the sharp end of the BSB grid, Ellison was a consistent front runner. However, if your first target is your team-mate, then Ellison was well and truly beaten…

Scoring his first win at Donington Park, two more victories followed in somewhat fortuitous circumstances, firstly at Mallory Park when six riders ahead of him were wiped out on one corner, and then at Cadwell Park when Camier was excluded.

Nonetheless, Ellison redeemed himself with a fighting fourth triumph over Camier at Silverstone, a result that also smoothed his way towards finishing the season as runner-up.

The scale of his defeat by Camier aside, Ellison still had the honour of finishing every single race inside the points in 2009, while he only ever finished outside the top five on three occasions.

So was James Ellison's first season with GSE Racing a success? That depends on whether you're willing to measure his performances against the rest of the field, or just his team-mate…


Team: Airwaves Yamaha
Bike: Yamaha R1

Championship position: 2nd
Points: 413

Race starts: 26
Pole positions: 0
Victories: 4
Podiums: 15
Best results: 1st (Donington Park, Mallory Park, Cadwell Park, Silverstone)
Points finishes: 26

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2008: 3rd

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2009

4 – Simon Andrews
5 – Gary Mason
6 – Tommy Bridewell
7 – Tommy Hill
8 – Sylvain Guintoli
9 – Ian Lowry
10 – John Laverty

Related Pictures

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2009 BSB Champion Leon Camier and Airwaves Yamaha team-mate James Ellison [pic credit: Airwaves]
[L-R]: Stuart Easton, James Ellison and Simon Andrews on the race two podium at Cadwell Park [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Leon Camier, James Ellison, Stuart Easton
James Ellison - Airwaves Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Rob Winfield, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Anvil Hire Yamaha]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: MSV Media]
Howie Mainwaring Smart, Anvil Hire Yamaha []
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit:]
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit:]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]

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bill - Unregistered

December 21, 2009 8:44 PM

Well last year Camier only Got 7 Podiums. Got a great write up on here. gets a top ride. Crutchlow Got 12 podiums and got a WSBK RIDE sYKES GOT 11 podiums and gets WSBK ride Haslam for 10 podiums gets a wsbk ride So this year Ellisons gets 14 podiums finishes this year :?and nothing.

Mick - Unregistered

December 21, 2009 6:01 PM

I can't believe the comments Crash net have made. No one got near Camier. and Lets not forget the red flagged races when the pace cars came out. Ellison was always in the lead. So he may have been gifted a podium One was because he did't FALL off. Two was because Camier ignored a flag. But he was also robbed of possible wins too. He would have had a podium if his bike hadnt broke down on the last race at Brands (which unfortunately happens). Same comments on Seeing red too. Shame on you 15 Podiums is a great result

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