31 May 2009
Camier claims fifth win at Thruxton
Leon Camier has extended his lead in the ViSK.com British Superbike standings to 33 points after claiming a fifth win in seven races at a sunny Thruxton.
The championship leader had been the big favourite to romp to victory following a dominant performance throughout practice and qualification and while team-mate James Ellison kept him honest for part of the race, Camier wouldn't be denied.
As has been the case at other events this season, Camier didn't get the best of starts and would find himself down to fourth as the riders rounded Allard for the first time. In fact, save for Ellison who jumped straight into the lead, Camier's fellow front row starters Gary Mason and Michael Rutter also bogged down, gifting second to the fast-starting Stuart Easton and third to Honda counterpart Glen Richards.
Even so, Camier wasn't wasting time in working his way to the front, passing Richards by the end of the opening lap and immediately setting about putting pressure on Easton for second. Although the Hydrex Honda rider put up stern resistance through the fast stretches, a dive down the inside at Cobb would see Camier up to second by lap three.
Latching onto Ellison and putting on a menacing display as he followed entirely different race lines to his rivals, Camier would need just a further lap to assume a lead he wouldn't lose to the chequered flag.
Even so, despite the expected result, Ellison was still able to make a race of it, the Donington Park winner proceeding to harass the younger man for much of the race. Briefly dragging along Easton as the top three broke away from the pack, Ellison would remain within a second of Camier until the closing stages before simply settle for second position.
Marking the second Airwaves Yamaha 1-2 of the season, it moves Camier further ahead in the British Superbike standings, while Ellison too has consolidated his second as he moves into three figures for the first time this year.
Fading from his early charge, Easton was still comfortable on the way to a fourth podium of the season in third, seven seconds behind the leaders but four seconds up on an enjoyable tussle for fourth place.
The position had been held by Richards from the end of the first lap, the HM Plant Honda rider putting some air between himself and those behind, which initially included Simon Andrews, Ian Lowry and Karl Harris.
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