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Camier cruises to 13th victory

Leon Camier has moved closer to the 2009 MCE British Superbike title after easing to a dominant lights-to-flag victory at Brands Hatch.

Signalling his 13th victory 16 races this season, it was the first time Camier has won a race from start to finish after getting a superb getaway from pole position and resisting the early attentions of Broc Parkes.

Leading an identical podium to that of the opening race, Camier was joined on rostrum by Parkes and Hydrex Honda's Stuart Easton.

Having won the opening race of the weekend from third place at the end of the first lap, Camier had no such problems on this occasion, getting a rare good start from pole position to dive into the lead at Paddock Hill Bend, followed closely by Parkes and Easton, the latter making a lightning getaway from tenth position.

With a clear circuit in front of him, Camier quickly set about establishing a lead over Parkes, but the Australian was a determined shadow, latching onto the back of the Yamaha over the opening laps and not allowing the gap to get beyond half a second.

However, having put significant air between themselves and Easton in third, their hard work was undone by the arrival of the safety car on lap five following an accident for David Johnson, one that necessitated some hasty barrier repairs.

Restarting three laps later, although Easton rallied hard through the initial bends, Camier and Parkes promptly resumed their two-way battle for the lead, the Kawasaki rider very nearly planting a daring move at Hawthorne's after getting a good slipstream down the hill.

It was as close as Parkes would get to overtaking Camier though, his move seemingly prompting a push by the 22-year-old as he reeled off a series of quick lap times to pull away from his rival.

Crossing the line almost five seconds ahead of Parkes, Camier's 13th win of the year means he is now equal with Niall Mackenzie in terms of victories over a single season. Should Camier go on to win the remaining race today, he will surpass Mackenzie and become the first rider to do a BSB treble.

by Ollie Barstow



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BSBFan - Unregistered

August 09, 2009 2:58 PM

Well done Leon, another great race for you, and your best start in a race for ages, if you keep that up, you won't have to pass anyone for the rest of the season!!! Go on now and make it a "historic treble" and the most ever wins in one season in British Superbike's. Nearly 5 seconds ahead of a works WSBK, but i suppose there will be "negative comments" as usual, maybe some people don't like seeing man and machine working well together!!



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