World Superbike star from Ashford finishes fourth at Donington Park.

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Leon Camier narrowly avoided a crash to claim fourth place in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship.

It was the best ride of the season for Camier who managed to escape a first corner crash, as well as leaping two places in the closing stages thanks to another on-track incident.

Camier caught and passed Sylvain Guintoli and looked to be heading for a comfortable, and impressive, sixth before drama on the last corner saw the BMWs of Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri collide.

This incident gave Camier the chance to take an unexpected, but ultimately well deserved fourth place finish.

His pace in the latter parts of the race matched the front-runners and, but for the avoiding action he had to take on the first corner, he could have been right amongst the battle for podium honours.

In the earlier action of race one he managed a hard-fought ninth place finish on his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R.

The World Superbike Championship will now head across the Atlantic for the sixth round, as it travels to Miller Park near Salt Lake City in the state of Utah, on May 28.

Camier said: “I had the pace this weekend to be with the top guys and it felt good fighting and catching them.

“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 okay 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.”

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