Croft BSB preview: Another Camier benefit?

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On paper it looks like it could be another win or two for Leon Camier on the Airwaves Yamaha at Croft today in the tenth round.

He qualified pole 0.85s quicker than his nearest rival but everything at Croft hangs on the start – with such a long run from the line into the fast first corner. And Camier, for the most part of the year hasn’t been the best of them off the line.

Andrews was impressive yesterday on the MSS Kawasaki – for the first time in several meetings back to full fitness after a niggling scaphoid injury.     

Stuart Easton and Josh Brookes complete the front row making it three manufacturers and four teams represented on the front row. Look out for Easton to pull another of his lightning launches. Not only are his gunslinger reactions legendary – he’s also got a weight advantage – especially compared to Camier.

James Ellison sits fifth on the grid – penalised 40s in Qualifying 3 for take a short cut back to the pits in the all-important  final session for pole.

Gary Mason continues to work wonders on the ageing Quay Garage Honda – an ex-Paul Bird Motorsports bike.

Tommy Hill has adapted well to the Hydrex Honda in his first meeting for the team but is still trying to overcome the machine’s propensity to back into corners. Ian Lowry completes the front row on the relentless by TAS Suzuki. 

Ryuichi Kiyonari was only able to qualify 11th on the HM Plant Honda. Johnn Laverty was up to third in Q1 until he crashed . He eventually qualified 12th on his spare bike.

Sylvain Guintoli also crashed in Q1 and qualified 17th.

Karl Harris crashed in free practice on Saturday morning and then had a braking issue with the Node4 Yamaha that dropped him to 19th in Q1.

After screaming hot weather for two days, today looks overcast but the forecast is promising for today’s racing The programme kicks off at midday. With the first MCE British Superbike race of the day.

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Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin