Leon Camier produced a fine ride in the opening race of the weekend at Croft to secure his second Bennetts British Superbike Championship win of the season.
The Airwaves Ducati man rebounded from a tough start to the race to work his way through the field, although the youngster was unable to match his result in race two as he finished off the podium in fifth.
Camier started from row two after qualifying in sixth place and was unable to make up any places during the opening lap. Within a matter of laps, he had battled past Michael Rutter for fifth and then set about closing the gap to team-mate Shane Byrne in fourth.
By lap eight, the youngster had found a way past Byrne at the Hairpin and was into the podium places within a lap when Cal Crutchlow ran wide at Tower. From there, he made light work of both Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam to hit the front and add to his Snetterton success earlier in the year.
Camier held a podium position in the early stages of race two before losing position to Haslam and then found himself fighting with the HM Plant man for a number of laps before Haslam was able to break away. With Byrne then behind on track, Camier elected to allow his team-mate through with an eye on the title and took the flag in fifth, although he admitted he was disappointed not to have made it a double trip to the podium.
“Obviously I 'm delighted to get another win for the Airwaves Ducati team but I am disappointed not to get on the podium in race two,” he said. “I had a pretty average start in race one but was feeling really good and confident with my overtaking. I knew I could win it and was pleased when I did eventually cross the line.
“The second race just didn't go to plan after that; I got a much better start but struggled with grip and when I knew Shane was behind me I thought he would probably have a better chance of catching the front runners so I let him pass me. I am disappointed with race two but will take my experience of race one and move ahead to think about Silverstone now.”