It was a bitter-sweet afternoon for Camier at the North Yorkshire circuit as his relentless charge to the country’s premier crown was slowed by what his Airwaves Yamaha team-boss Colin Wright described as a “schoolboy error.” That came after Camier, sluggish away from his eighth pole start, was running too hot into Tower Bend in his efforts to peg back places.
He ran across the grass, through the gravel and narrowly avoided a ditch, but somehow Camier kept his bike running and was able to re-join the action in last place, prompting a scorching damage limitation ride through the pack into sixth place.
Flying Scot Easton led throughout the race while adrift of him Josh Brookes, James Ellison and Simon Andrews battled for position, prior to Andrews tipping off with five laps remaining. Ellison, upping the tempo, closed in on Easton on the final lap, but the Hydrex Honda held him off, taking the victory by a third of a second.
“That was great for me and for the team – this is the first time that I have had a race package that has enabled me to go out and ride for wins,” enthused Easton while his team-boss Shaun Muir added: “Our first win, five years in the making and it could not be better on our local circuit. It is just rewards for our hard work and makes it all worthwhile.”
Easton was at the heart of the action next time out, making the early running, but Camier was keen to make amends. Running third on the opening lap, prior to taking Brookes and on the sixth lap and he nosed in front of Easton and powered clear, taking victory number 16 of a dominant season.
“The first race was down to my mistake – I was very disappointed, but I just got too excited, too eager. I should have sat there and waited, I had all race to do it,” explained Camier.
“That was all down to me, so in the second race I was 100% careful and when I made the move, I made it stick. It was awesome to take the victory that gives the team their championship, now, I have to take my title next time out,” he added.
Easton had to settle for second best ahead of the re-surgent Brookes on the HM Plant Honda with Ellison running fourth which leaves him trailing his team-mate Camier 434.5-335 points in the title stakes ahead of the penultimate round at Silverstone.
Camier has to wait for two weeks to seal his silverware, but already Gary Mason has secured the Mirror.co.uk Cup for independent teams and riders. He completed another stylish winning double aboard the Quay Garage Honda to put the title firmly out of the reach of his rivals.
“I’m just over the moon to have done this – the team have worked so hard to keep the wheels turning,” explained Mason.