Leon Camier returned to the World Superbike Championship podium at Miller Motorsports Park as he equalled his career-best finish of second position from 11th on the grid.
The Aprilia Alitalia rider has shown impressive pace around the American circuit throughout the weekend, though a crash in qualifying would conspire to leave him on the third row of the grid.
Nonetheless, strong starts hauled Camier back into the contention, the Englishman denying himself a podium finish in race one when an off-track excursion – caused by gear selection problems – dropped him from third to sixth. He would eventually fight his way back to fourth.
An even better getaway in race two had Camier up to second by the first corner, a position he protected to the chequered flag for a repeat of the breakthrough result he achieved at the same venue last season.
A much-needed good points' haul for Camier, whose has seen his evident speed peppered by technical issues, mistakes and even illness, he is just four points off fifth in the standings.
“That's what we needed! A weekend that ends on the right note! I was quick in race one and I would surely have battled for a rostrum. It's too bad that a problem engaging the gears made me lose some precious seconds, and I had to settle for fourth place.
“In race two I got off to a good start, behind Checa straight away, and I kept up a good pace although it was impossible to catch him up. I have to thank the guys on the team and Aprilia, they also deserve credit for these results. Now we need to look forward. The goal is to keep going in this direction.”