Four months after claiming his first British Superbike Championship victory, Jon Kirkham was back on the podium in the second race at Donington Park.

Despite a run of consistent results, the Samsung Crescent Suzuki rider hasn't been able to sustain the top form that took him to victory at Croft, the reigning National Superstock Champion cracking the top five just once since then.

Nonetheless, following a trio of positive results at Cadwell Park, Kirkham upped his form again at Donington Park, qualifying well and getting amongst the title fighters in race one to finish fifth.

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He fared even better in race two, Kirkham fending off Josh Brookes, before overtaking Ryuichi Kiyonari for third position, the youngster joining his race winning team-mate John Hopkins on the podium, much to his delight.

"I'm really pleased. I was looking for two top-fives this weekend, so a fifth and a third is more than job done. I got caught behind Ryuichi Kiyonari early in the first race and this let the leaders get away, it was only a matter of a couple of seconds, but it's so hard to pull that back given the pace at the front.

"The second race was brilliant fun. I could see from my pit board that I was being chased hard and when Kiyo slowed I had to pass quickly and make something of a break if it wasn't going to get messy. I got my head down and from there to the end of the race I wouldn't let my speed drop. So the gap grew quite comfortably and I was surprised at the end to see Tommy's bike coming into view. To share the podium with John was fantastic."