Airwaves crowned champions as Camier wins

An Airwaves Yamaha rider is guaranteed to win the 2009 MCE British Superbike title after Leon Camier did enough to put himself out of reach of Stuart Easton with victory number 16 at Croft.

Making up for his race one indiscretion, when a mistake consigned him down to sixth position, Camier was the dominant winner once he got out in front from lap six, crossing the line almost nine seconds up on race one winner Easton.

Although the win signals another record-breaking performance by Camier as he extends his seasonal victory tally, the result is also significant in that the title race is officially down to just Camier and his team-mate James Ellison with five races remaining. It also means the GSE Racing team is destined for a fifth title at BSB level.

The race itself was a relatively uneventful affair, Camier getting a better start on this occasion to round Clerveaux in fourth position, behind Josh Brookes, who did a rare thing in beating Easton down to the opening bend, and Simon Andrews.

With a series of rushed overtaking manoeuvres hampering his efforts in race one, Camier took a more measured approach in his run to the front, passing Andrews by the end of lap one and then Brookes on lap four.

Easton, who had overtaken Brookes on the opening lap at Tower, proved a more difficult prospect for Camier, but he too would succumb to the charging 23-year-old, at the same corner on lap six.

From here, Camier was untroubled all the way to the chequered flag, eking out his advantage steadily to cross the line a clear distance up on Easton

Although he comes away with the day's largest points haul, Easton could not do quite enough to keep himself in the title hunt, but he was able to claw more ground back on second place Ellison. He is now 32 points behind.

Ellison, meanwhile, enjoyed the most eventful time of his rivals as he battled his way back into contention from a poor start that left him down in seventh position.

by Ollie Barstow

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Leon Camier - Airwaves Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
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PhilW - Unregistered

September 13, 2009 7:40 PM

Well done to Gary Mason. Riding a very out-dated Honda, he's not only won the cup convincingly but often given the bigger teams a damn good run for their money. He has been the real star of BSB this year. Hopefully a decent ride will be forthcoming on the back of this next season.

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