BSB » 31 August 2009
Ellison wins after Camier disqualification
Camier's disqualification is also crucial in keeping the title race alive for at least one more event, with Easton claiming his second podium of the day to eke the battle out further, the Hydrex Honda man closing the gap slightly to 141.5 points, with a maximum of 175 remaining.
While he wasn't able to maintain his strong start to launch a challenge for victory, Easton nonetheless enjoyed an entertaining race-long dual with Simon Andrews over the final step of the podium, the pair both eventually being rewarded with a place on the rostrum following Camier's exclusion.
Signalling some retribution for Andrews, who was denied victory back at Mallory Park before being forced to miss the previous round at Brands Hatch through injury, third position marks his best ever result in the BSB and in turn moves him up to fifth in the overall standings.
A strong weekend all round for the newly rebranded Confused.com Kawasaki team, Andrews was shadowed all the way by team-mate Julien Da Costa, the Frenchman also scoring his finest finish at this level to just miss out on a podium finish for himself.
Buildbase rider John Laverty followed in fifth to make it a trio of ZX-10s, the Irishman making better use of his second place grid slot after finishing a disappointing ninth in race one. He was able to resist the attentions of Sylvain Guintoli, who brought a satisfying comeback weekend to a close with a solid points haul, the Frenchman getting the better of Chris Walker and Karl Harris, the latter lucky to finish where he did after going off the track under the safety car and being allowed by his rivals to resume his spot in the running order.
Gary Mason continued his march towards the Mirror.co.uk Cup with a strong ninth place finish overall, marginally ahead of Tommy Bridewell and Peter Hickman, the pair also impressing to end up tenth and eleventh on the road.
Although the attrition count was relatively low, HM Plant Honda still endured a shocking afternoon, with Karl Muggeridge finishing a lowly 13th after dropping to the back of the field mid-race, while John McGuinness also fell out of contention before eventually retiring.
There was also disappointment for race one star Ian Lowry. The Northern Irishman, who had moved into fourth in the overall standings with a fourth place finish during opening encounter, endured a dismal start to drop from fifth to 14th, but was making good progress when he was forced to retire two laps from the chequered flag.
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