Camier doubles up at Thruxton

Leon Camier continued his relentless charge towards the 2009 British Superbike Championship title by doubling up at Thruxton for victory number six.

An even more formidable performance than in race one, Camier assumed the lead at the end of the opening lap to romp away to victory by a clear three seconds from team-mate James Ellison.

Managing an average speed of 111mph over the course of the race, Camier produced a better start on this occasion but was still beaten in Allard by Ellison. Nonetheless, he'd simply slipstream past again on the run up to Club, Camier leaning his fellow Yamaha rider out wide to put an immediate buffer between the two.

From here, Camier would be untroubled to the flag as attention instead turned to those disputing the bottom step of the podium.

In the early stages it was Simon Andrews who held the position, the Kawasaki rider getting a mighty start from tenth to harass Ellison for several of the early laps.

However, it became clear he didn't quite have the pace to match the Donington Park race winner and he was soon swallowed up by Stuart Easton on lap nine.

Andrews would slip a further two places to sixth on lap ten when he was out-dragged by a charging Josh Brookes and Michael Rutter. Indeed, Brookes was putting in a particularly good performance on the HM Plant Honda having already hauled himself past team-mate Glen Richards for the first time this season on lap six.

The former World Supersport rider's charge didn't end there, quickly catching Easton in the battle for third and muscling his way through on lap 12 to move onto the provisional podium.

Spurred on by a late race fade for second place Ellison, Brookes was on the tail of the Yamaha by the final lap, but despite a determined attempt to overtake him using some 'original' race lines, he would have to settle for what remains a strong third place.

Related Pictures

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Leon Camier - Airwaves Yamaha R1 [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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mike_hunt - Unregistered

May 31, 2009 7:47 PM

I was at Thruxton today and Leon looked a different rider on the Yamaha than on the Ducati. I thought he looked really aggressive and looked like he was flicking it in to corners hard - harder than anyone else in the field. (I thought its was very similar to how Spies looks and rides). When Ellison tried to match him, his bike just span up and weaved.. If he continues to ride like this , I can see no reason why he wont be BSB champ at the end of the year. I hope Airwaves do Donington as it would be interesting to see how Camier and Spies compare..

The Darkside - Unregistered

June 01, 2009 11:15 AM

yep another great weekend for camier, but crap for us! and i agree with Sillius, one or two good results for harris and then the rest of the season sodding around in the grass. there are lots of different riders but ive never seen one who is as wide as he is tall "karl barrel harris"

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