Camier wins shortened Mallory race

Leon Camier has won his 11th British Superbike race of the season after treacherous weather conditions at Mallory Park forced stewards to call a result at just over half distance.

The second race of the day to be curtailed early, although a shower shortly before the original start time necessitated a switch to wet weather tyres for all riders, worsening conditions and an increasing amount of standing water during the race would eventually prompt a red flag.

Although marshals attempted to clear some of the water, persistent rain and a 'noise curfew' prevented the race from being restarted, meaning half-points will be awarded in this instance.

It meant Camier was able to celebrate another victory after taking a decisive lead on lap nine, the championship leader being followed home by team-mate James Ellison to make it a second Airwaves Yamaha 1-2, albeit with the positions reversed.

Beyond Airwaves' achievement, which sees them move even closer towards the 2009 title, it was the performance of Richard Cooper that captured the majority of the attention, the Cup rider even leading for three laps after bullying his way to the front.

As was the case in race one, Chris Walker led into the opening bend, ahead of Tommy Hill and Cooper, the Co-Ordit Yamaha rider managing to stay upright through chicane after falling there on the opening lap during race one.

Despite tricky conditions, Cooper didn't take long to stamp his mark on proceedings, battling past Hill – riding the Suzuki Worx Crescent machine in the wet for the first time – and going off in pursuit of Walker.

Camier and Ellison followed Cooper through into third and fourth positions, but rather than being able to dispatch of the yellow Yamaha, Cooper was instead hassling Walker for the lead, which he duly achieved on lap six with a neat pass at the chicane.

Promptly attempting to establish a margin, unfortunately for Cooper, Camier followed him through into second position to maintain the pressure. After three momentous laps of having Cooper in the lead, Camier was eventually able to get through on lap nine.

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Camier, British WSBK 2009
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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radweld - Unregistered

July 20, 2009 10:19 AM

Yeh like yours!! Are you Leons lover or something 'camierbsb2009champ'? Theres no doubt Leon is world class but alot of your comments suggest that all the other riders are ****e which then suggests that Leon is only beating ****E riders....... Give some credit to the rest of the guys fighting with him, its a good championship this year so enjoy it.....and wind your neck in!

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