Suzuki has snatched fourth position in the World Superbike Championship standings thanks largely in part to a heroic effort by Leon Camier to score a top six finish on his return to action at Jerez.

Having already skipped the last three rounds as a consequence of foot injuries sustained in an accident at Istanbul Park, Camier wasn't even expected to begin the Spanish season finale, but not only did he return to action on the Fixi Crescent Suzuki, he was competitive throughout.

Qualifying seventh on the grid, Camier shrugged off the pain in his foot to battle hard in both races, finishing eighth in race one before claiming sixth in the final outing.

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Those precious points would contribute to Suzuki leapfrogging Honda in the manufacturers' standings, the Crescent Racing-prepared bike ending the season ahead of its Japanese rivals and also Ducati.

"I am really, really happy to be honest, because I didn't expect a good result like that," he said. "It's one of those things you debate with yourself as to whether you can ride or not, but as soon as you get on the bike and you get a bit of confidence back, it helps you to feel comfortable. Then you think that you need to go faster and push harder and you get right back in to the job, but you also have to try and keep a level head in those situations.

"It was good to follow the BMW and see where they are strong and find out what we need to improve on the bike. It was also encouraging to be racing with a factory BMW and also to beat Giugliano, who has just been putting it on the podium and racing with the leaders recently.

"I think we all did a good job considering everything and I can't thank my team enough for their patience and help. I felt exhausted at the end and my foot was sore, but it was a good day all-in-all."

Camier's efforts mean he ends the 2013 season in 11th position overall, despite missing eight races over the course of the year through