James Toseland has lavished praise on the Yamaha Sterilgarda team for helping him to third place in Valencia, his first podium finish in more than two years

A long-awaited return to the rostrum for the Briton after two troublesome seasons at MotoGP level, Toseland produced a feisty performance during the early stages of race one as he aggressively fought his way to a high of second position.

It was a necessary tactic as Toseland's pace would wane into the second-half of the race, forcing him to use all of his experience to keep the clearly quicker Max Biaggi at bay.

Eventually the Italian found a way past, but Toseland was still able to hold onto third position, a result he credited to the Yamaha team for the progress made since the beginning of the season.

"Race one was great! It's always nice when the team work so hard to be able to repay them with a result. I was probably the widest man out there because I certainly wasn't the quickest after half race distance, I was finding a few things a bit difficult with the bike.

"It was great though to dig deep and get a podium, my first podium this year and my first since Vallelunga 2007. It's been a while since I took a trophy home so I was very happy. The team are working unbelievably hard, we've got some issues but we're making up a lot of ground in a short space of time."

Race two wasn't quite as easy for Toseland as a bad start left him embroiled in a tight mid-top ten pack, one that was made all the more complicated by the aggregate order. Eventually, Toseland would be classified in seventh, just 0.016secs ahead of Shane Byrne.

"In the second race I got an average start when the clutch grabbed early on the line. I don't know where the front guys got their pace from on the re-start, mid 34's was a second faster than it was in the first race.

"Assen is next which is fast and flowing which will suit the bike better. We need to keep improving until we're strong at every track."

Toseland's upturn in form has seen him move up to sixth in the standings, ten points behind Jonathan Rea in fifth.