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Yamaha R1 Dominates in Europe Winning British and Dutch Championships

Leon Camier 2009 BSB Champion
Leon Camier 2009 BSB Champion

Airwaves Yamaha rider Leon Camier has added another championship title to Yamaha’s 2009 collection. A win in the first race of the British Superbike Championship at Silverstone yesterday gave Camier his 17th victory of the season and enough points to take the championship title. Having taken his ninth pole position start of the season, Camier had battled with team mate and championship rival James Ellison for the lead for most of the race before finally passing on the penultimate lap to take the well deserved chequered flag.

Camier’s Airwaves Yamaha team mate Ellison is favourite for the second spot in the championship, especially after winning the second race before Camier, leading Hydrex Honda rider Eaton by 39 points with one race weekend remaining. The final round will be at Oulton Park, 9th-11th October. The dominance of the Airwaves Yamaha Team also gave them the manufacturer’s title with an impressive 145.5 point advantage over Honda, with one round to go.

“I really don’t know what to make of it all to be honest,” said Camier after his race win yesterday. “It is such a big moment for me to win the title. The first race was one of the hardest races of the season for me and there were some places that I was a bit out of control, which everyone could see. It was great to see James win the second race though and this has been an awesome weekend for the Airwaves Yamaha team and all of our sponsors. It has been a dream come true today and without doubt we will be celebrating tonight!”

In the British Supersport class the title is going to the wire, with MAP Raceways Yamaha rider Billy McConnell currently in second position just 11 points adrift of championship leader Steve Plater on the HM Plant Honda. With one round to go at Oulton Park it’s still possible for McConnell to take the win and the title.

In The Netherlands, Australian rider Gareth Jones has taken the ONK Dutch Superbike Championship title on his 2008 RT Motorsports Yamaha R1. Jones, the 2009 Rookie of the year was one of five Yamahas to finish in the top six in the championship, including Raymond Schouten on the VD Heyden Motors 09 R1 who took the second spot. Schouten’s season was hampered by injury after the Superstock 1000 race in Brno in the World Championship, forcing him to miss some racing. After taking part in the Bol d’Or Schouten’s injuries forced him to miss out on the final round at Assen, giving Jones the points advantage he needed to take the title.

BSB: Leon Camier Will Start on Pole at Croft

Leon Camier Croft Pole PositionLeon Camier will start on pole for tomorrow’s two British Superbike races at Croft. James Ellison secured a second row spot, qualifying 5th.

The Airwaves Yamaha pair made it through to the final qualifying phase with James 2nd fastest and Leon 3rd. In the final 10 minute Roll for Pole, Leon immediately went to the top of the timesheets. He then produced his fastest time, 1:20.124 on his second flying lap.  James best time, 1:21.079 initially placed him 2nd. He was unfortunate not to improve and dropped down the order after experiencing a technical problem with his bike.

After qualifying James said, “I’m pretty frustrated with final qualifying. Like Cadwell Park, I’ve produce the 2nd fastest time of the day, but in the wrong session! Overall I’m pleased with how much we’ve progressed over the weekend. My time in Qualifying 3 was easy, and I know I can go consistently quicker so I’m confident ahead of the races tomorrow.”

Reflecting on his 8th pole position of the season, Leon said, “The times weren’t as fast as we were expecting, but another pole start is awesome. The circuit seems to be well suited to the Airwaves Yamaha, but the high track temperature made it quite slippery. There were a couple of moments when I scared myself a bit! We’ll keep pushing tomorrow and look to make a few set-up changes depending on the track temperature. As usual, I’ll probably get a bad start to both races but I’ll be pushing the guys around me and hopefully Airwaves Yamaha can get another good result.”

Race One is scheduled to commence at 1330 and Race Two at 1635.

Qualifying Results:

1. Leon Camier – Airwaves Yamaha 1:20.124

2. Simon Andrews – MSS Colchester Kawasaki 1:20.974

3. Stuart Easton – Hydrex Honda 1:20.980

4. Josh Brookes – HM Plant Honda 1:21.072

5. James Ellison – Airwaves Yamaha 1:21.079

BSB: Sylvain Guintoli Re-signs with Worx Crescent Suzuki for 2010 Season

Sylvain Guintoli Signs with Worx Crescent Suzuki for 2010 BSB SeasonSylvain Guintoli is to remain in the British Superbike Championship next season after penning an extension to his contract with the Worx Crescent Suzuki team.

The Frenchman made the high-profile switch from the premier MotoGP World Championship to the national Superbike series this year, but has seen his maiden season interrupted by a lengthy lay off with a broken leg.

Nonetheless, despite competing in just six races with the team thus far, Guintoli’s pace at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park, which included a win, a pole position and three further podiums, was enough to convince both parties to continue their relationship into 2010.

Eager to use his experience this season as a stepping stone towards a title tilt next year, Guintoli was delighted to become the first confirmed signing for 2010.

“This is the first time in my career I’ve signed a contract this early in the year – I think that shows just how comfortable both sides are with each other. Right now we are working on regaining the competitiveness we showed at the beginning of this season, but as well we know now that the experience that I am gaining at the tracks this year will be something we can carry into next season.

“With the experience we will have of the tracks, of the GSX-R and of working together as a team we can look forward to next year with a lot of optimism.”

Furthermore, having run just a single machine this season, team manager Jack Valentine went on to confirm the team is planning to expand again to two bikes, preferably with a ‘young’ rider alongside Guintoli.

“We’re very pleased to have Sylvain back on board for 2010 and to have him signed up so early. This allows us to build toward next season as from today, it’s almost a head start.

“But as well, this allows us to now focus on our second objective for the new season. It is our desire to have a young rider partner Sylvain in the Worx Crescent Suzuki team in the 2010 season. There’s no small challenge in making that happen as we’ll need to secure additional backing, but a two-rider team is our intention and will be what we’ll now be focusing on.”

Despite his lengthy time on the sidelines, Guintoli remains the only non-Airwaves Yamaha rider this season to have won a race this season.

BSB: Leon Camier Wins Doubleheader at Knockhill

Leon Camier Win Doubleheader at Knockhill
Leon Camier Win Doubleheader at Knockhill

Leon Camier doubled up on wins at Knockhill, securing his tenth race win of the season for Airwaves Yamaha team after an early tussle with HM Plant Honda’s Josh Brookes.

Camier said after the race: “I need to send massive thanks to the whole of the Airwaves Yamaha team as they had never won at Knockhill before this weekend so to do the double is even more special. It was difficult to concentrate at certain points but it is a great result for the whole team and I don’t intend on slowing down any time soon.”

Brookes got the whole shot off the line for the first time this season on the HM Plant Honda, with fellow Honda rider Stuart Easton second and Camier in third. This didn’t last long though as Camier was instantly on the attack, passing the Hydrex Honda into the Real Radio Hairpin on the second lap.

The second of the Hydrex Hondas was also on a charge, with Karl Harris sitting ninth in the opening laps but on lap three he made a move on Graeme Gowland. The ‘Bomber’ ran as high as seventh until lap 20 when he suffered a technical problem and had to retire.

Brookes and Camier were clashing at the front though, with the HM Plant Honda leading over the line until lap seven despite the pair swapping paint on several occasions. Camier was able to put the Airwaves Yamaha ahead on lap eight as they crossed the line but Brookes was able to retake the lead on the brakes into Seat Curve. The lead was short-lived though and Camier edged ahead again and despite another attack by Brookes he maintained his position which he held until the end of the race.

Ian Lowry was running in the top ten on the Relentless Suzuki by TAS but on lap eight he was forced to retire with a technical problem.

The race was on for the next step of the podium with Easton leading Michael Rutter and James Ellison, with the Airwaves Yamaha rider moving fourth at the Real Radio Hairpin on the twelfth lap.

Rutter then dropped another place a lap later when he went wide at the same point, which let Chris Walker’s Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha ahead, only for the ‘Blade’ to rub elbows with him across the line to hold off the ‘Stalker’. Rutter was running fifth when disaster struck and he crashed out at the Real Radio Hairpin on the 21st lap.

In the closing stages of the race Tommy Bridewell on the Team NB Suzuki was able to get by Mirror.co.uk Cup leader Gary Mason at Leslies to move ninth behind Julien Da Costa on the second of the MSS Colchester Kawasakis.

ViSK British Superbike Championship in association with Pirelli, Knockhill, race two result:

  1. Leon Camier (Airwaves Yamaha)
  2. Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda)
  3. James Ellison (Airwaves Yamaha)
  4. Stuart Easton (Hydrex Honda)
  5. Chris Walker (Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha)
  6. Simon Andrews (MSS Colchester Kawasaki)
  7. Graeme Gowland (Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha)
  8. Julien Da Costa (MSS Colchester Kawasaki)
  9. Tommy Bridewell (Team NB Suzuki)
  10. Gary Mason (Quay Garage Honda)

ViSK British Superbike Championship in association with Pirelli standings after Knockhill:

  1. Leon Camier (Airwaves Yamaha) 267
  2. James Ellison (Airwaves Yamaha) 189
  3. Stuart Easton (Hydrex Honda) 173
  4. Glen Richards (HM Plant Honda) 103
  5. Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) 99

The next round of the championship takes place at Mallory Park on 17/18/19 July.