James Toseland has moved himself up to fifth in the World Superbike standings after shrugging off an indifferent grid position to twice stand on the podium at Assen.
An impressive turnaround for the Yamaha Sterilgarda rider after an anonymous run up to securing tenth on the grid around the Dutch circuit, Toseland showed a swift turn of pace in both races to run at the front each time.
It was a performance that almost resulted in victory during race one, Toseland briefly nosing ahead of Jonathan Rea at the final bend with four laps remaining, only to lose out on the ensuring home straight when he lost momentum.
Nonetheless, Toseland held on for second – his best WSBK result since returning to the series -, while third in the next race means the former champion has stood on the podium in three of the last four races.
It is a run of form that has seen Toseland climb through the standings to fifth position, albeit 62 points behind championship leader Leon Haslam.
“We've had another tough weekend, especially Friday and Saturday, but we've pulled through. Once again the team has worked fantastically well, especially this morning, we had a new linkage system on the rear end just to try and sort some issues and it seems to have worked.
“It's been a long weekend but to come from tenth on the grid and get a second and a third, two podiums is just a great result for me and the team. It's been coming slowly, we've come from far behind in the first two races so it's fantastic to be up there at the front and fighting.”
One-third of an all-British podium on each occasion, Toseland went on to praise the strength of his countrymen.
“There are a lot of Brits out there, and we're all racing at the front and doing a great job, everybody deserves to be in it. I've had great support from my family and friends and want to thank everyone for supporting me in getting back to where I should be."