31 August 2009
Ellison wins after Camier disqualification
James Ellison has been gifted a surprise MCE British Superbike Championship win at Cadwell Park after Leon Camier was excluded for not adhering to black/orange flags on the final lap.
Camier was the dominant force throughout the race, snatching the lead on lap two and shrugging off a safety car period to cross the line more than four seconds ahead of Airwaves Yamaha team-mate Ellison.
However, Camier's joy was to be short lived when he was disqualified for not stopping immediately at the deployment of black/orange flags as he entered the 18th and final lap, prompted by his Yamaha R1 apparently leaking fluid onto the circuit.
Missing out on a 16th win of the season – and a sixth clean sweep over a single weekend -, Camier's loss would be Ellison's gain, the 28-year-old scoring his third BSB victory in the process.
A strong ride for Ellison, who keeps his slim title hopes alive with victory, although he wasn't a match for Camier as the race progressed, he was comfortably faster than the remaining competition once he had battled his way up to second position from eighth on the grid.
Even so, Camier was always the quicker rider, pushing past initial leader Stuart Easton – who, yet again, was masterful off the line to move ahead into turn one from fourth on the grid – and sprinting away into a lead of more than two seconds over Ellison, who had also gotten the better of the Scot on lap three.
A safety car period on lap six, prompted by an oil spill for Michael Howarth's ailing STP-JHS MV Agusta, closed things up again and Ellison briefly rallied during the opening few turns at the restart. However, Camier was able to stretch the lead back out again over the remaining laps before puffs of smoke began emerging from the back of his bike.
Although seemingly not enough to slow Camier as he rounded the final lap, the frequent marshal posts around the lengthy Cadwell Park circuit were enough to convince race officials that he had received enough warning to leave the track before he eventually did so – albeit only after he had taken the chequered flag.
While the result marks Camier's first failure to score of the season, Airwaves Yamaha could still celebrate Ellison's feat, even if this is the second occasion this year that he has inherited a victory.
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