Leon Camier has hauled himself and FIXI Crescent Suzuki towards the top ten of the World Superbike Championship standings after notching up a fine fourth place finish in race two at Donington Park.
Having endured a tough start to the 2012 season, Camier showed revived pace throughout the free practice sessions, culminating in him qualifying on the second row in seventh.
Struggling with brake issues in race one on the way to ninth position, Camier showed front running form in race two, but lost touch with the leaders after getting stuck behind Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli.
Nonetheless, Camier was eventually rewarded for his efforts with a late promotion to fourth at the expense of Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri, who were eliminated at the final bend.
Marking Suzuki's best result since Michel Fabrizio finished in the same position at Brno last year, Camier was pleased with the results, but frustrated not to get away with the leaders at the start of race two.
“I had the pace this weekend to be with the top guys and it felt good fighting and catching them today. In race one, there was a problem with the brakes and I couldn't get into the turns the way I wanted and that prevented me from catching the guys at the front.
“We changed to a softer rear tyre for race two. My start was OK and if I hadn't been held up for so long by Laverty and Guintoli I'm sure I would've been challenging for the podium at the end. It was a really enjoyable race and great fun catching people and passing them.”
Camier's results have lifted him to 12th in the overall standings, ten points off the overall top ten.