There was a sensational end to the second British Superbike race at Cadwell Park today when Leon Camier was excluded from the results after he failed to observe a black and orange flag on the final lap.
The Championship leader had again dominated the race on his Airwaves Yamaha machine and was over 6 seconds clear on his penultimate lap when his R1 began smoking.
As he started his last lap, the black and orange flag came out but Camier continued and completed the lap to take the chequered flag.
However, the rules state that a rider must pull off the course at the first opportunity once the flag and their number is displayed and he was subsequently removed from the results.
That handed the win to team-mate James Ellison with Stuart Easton in second and Simon Andrews in third, the latter taking a much-deserved first ever BSB podium.
In a repeat of the opening race, Camier and his Airwaves Yamaha overhauled the fast starting Easton to hit the front and soon opened up a gap but on the fifth lap the pace car was brought out after Michael Howarth’s MV Agusta expired on the entry into turn one
With oil deposited on to the circuit, it took four laps for it to be cleaned up and when it pulled in at the end of lap 8, the pack were all bunched up with Ellison, in particular, right with Camier.
However, the 23-year old is simply riding on a crest of a wave and left Ellison, who was safe in second, behind with laps over five tenths of a second quicker than his team-mate.
There was plenty of action down the field though with firstly John McGuinness running off the track at Coppice and then temporary teammate Karl Muggeridge also having an off-track excursion whilst Ian Lowry, who had a terrible start, crashed out on the 16th lap.
The battle for third was going down to the wire though with Easton and Andrews swapping places on a number of occasions, the Hydrex Honda rider diving up the inside at both Coppice and Park Corner, only to promptly run wide.
On the penultimate lap though he finally made a pass stick at Park and pushed Andrews off the podium and back to fourth just ahead of Julien da Costa on the sister MSS Kawasaki.
The aforementioned drama on the final two laps changed the whole look of the race though when what seemed like second for Ellison soon became first and he gratefully accepted his third win of the year.
Easton took his second runner-up spot of the day whilst Andrews finally got to stand on the rostrum after running at the sharp end for most of the season.
Da Costa took fourth for his biggest points haul at a meeting so far with John Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli, who, like Lowry, had a terrible start, right on his exhaust pipes in fifth and sixth.
Further back Chris Walker showed his usual grit for seventh with Karl Harris and privateers Gary Mason and Tommy Bridewell completing the top ten.
1 James Ellison (Airwaves Yamaha)
2 Stuart Easton (Hydrex Honda) +4.099s
3 Simon Andrews (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +4.584s
4 Julien da Costa (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +5.435s
5 John Laverty (Buildbase Kawasaki) +6.843s
6 Sylvain Guintoli (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +7.239s
7 Chris Walker (Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha) +12.836s
8 Karl Harris (Hydrex Honda) +14.833s
9 Gary Mason (Quay Garage Honda) +15.100s
10 Tommy Bridewell (NB Suzuki) +16.684s