Leon Camier put in arguably the strongest performance of his burgeoning World Superbikes career to date with a storming ride to third having started down in 16th position at Silverstone.
Completing the all-British podium of the second race, Camier shrugged off his position on the fourth row of the grid – prompted when his best time during Superpole was deleted – by latching onto the chasing group and steadily working his way to the front of it.
Coming after a run to sixth position in the first race, in which he conceded fifth to Max Biaggi
by order of the team, Camier was frustrated to give himself a mountain to climb due to his qualifying position, but was nonetheless delighted with the eventual outcome.
"A fantastic day,” he beamed. “Too bad about the sixteenth starting position. Unfortunately mistakes in Superpole come at a high cost! As the practices showed, the feeling on this circuit was very good from the start and in the race I was able to really push, truly earning a lot of positions.
“In the first race I finished behind my team mate, but in race two I was able to lock onto the front group straight away, although Crutchlow and Rea unfortunately were already away. I'm happy for a podium in front of my fans. It's also a nice reward for my team and for Aprilia."
Camier rises to eighth in the overall standing, just 15 points behind sixth place James Toseland.