Camier doubles up for Airwaves 1-2
21 June 2009
Airwaves Yamaha prepared for their World Superbike Championship appearance at Donington Park next week in fine style by claiming a 1-2 finish in the second race of the weekend at Snetterton.
Leon Camier led James Ellison to make it eight wins in ten races, a streak that has seen him extend his advantage in the overall standings to 55 points.
Yet again Camier was made to work hard for his victory after getting another tardy getaway from pole position, the Yamaha rider falling to fifth position by the end of the opening lap as Stuart Easton, by contrast, maintained his reputation as a faster starter to take an early lead from Josh Brookes, James Ellison and Chris Walker.
In amongst the leaders from eighth position on the grid, Walker was looking racy in the early stages, bullying his way past Ellison and holding down a provisional podium position for the length of the second lap.
However, the Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha rider's hopes of making the most of his position ended at the start of lap three when he ran on at the opening bend, the 'Stalker' taking a long trip across the grass and rejoining the field dead last.
By the end of lap three the lead had changed hands too after Easton got a poor run out of the Russell Chicane, with Brookes capitalising to take the lead of a BSB race for the first time. Camier followed through into second, as did Ellison after a prevailing in a lap-long series of overtaking moves with the Hydrex Honda rider, who would find himself down to fourth in just one lap.
Sensing his opportunity to snatch the lead, Camier wasted no time in relieving the position from Brookes, duly taking over from lap five and proceeding to simply pull away to another race win.
Ellison did his best to give chase after passing Brookes himself on lap six, the Donington Park race winner even setting the fastest lap as he attempted to keep up with Camier.
However, with clear track ahead, Camier remained in charge to cross the line a three second winner over Ellison, a performance that ensures he now has a two-race cushion between himself and his team-mate, as well as 77 points over Easton in third.
Dropping back after being overtaken by the Yamahas, Brookes and Easton went on to dispute third, but the Australian would eventually snatch it for his third consecutive podium finish, form that sees him up to ninth in the standings now.
Away from the lead fight, the battle for fifth proved to be an intense one, with Ian Lowry holding the position for the majority of the race, only for him to come under intense pressure from the Kawasaki pair of Julien Da Costa and John Laverty during the closing stages.
Eventually it was Laverty who would emerge in front on the Buildbase machine to record his best ever finish at BSB level, while Da Costa won in a sprint across the line with Lowry to claim sixth.
After retiring from race one, Glen Richards battled to eighth from 13th on the grid, while Karl Harris and Jason O'Halloran rounded out the top ten. Simon Andrews, who had kicked off the weekend with the fastest time in opening two free practice sessions, was a disappointed 11th, followed by Graeme Gowland and Jon Kirkham.
Gary Mason returned to winning ways in the Mirror.co.uk Cup standings after retiring in race one, although he was left feeling rather dazed after running off the circuit on the final lap and smashing his helmet through the front screen of the Quay Garage Honda. Nonetheless, he held off Peter Hickman for Cup win number nine.