Cal Crutchlow came away from the penultimate round of the World Superbike Championship at Imola with mixed feelings after salvaging a podium finish at Imola.

The Briton started both races from 12th position on the grid, but showed front-running pace whilst in clear air. Although an error in race one demoted him to an eventual tenth place, a strong charge up the order in race two was rewarded with a third place.

While his race one error means it will be difficult for him to overhaul Imola double winner Carlos Checa for fourth in the overall standings at Magny-Cours, Crutchlow was at least pleased to complete his day on a high.

"I'm happy with today in the end," the Yamaha Sterilgarda rider said. "I'm disappointed with the first race, I think I had podium pace and was catching up to the guys in front but made an error which dropped me back. The second race was good, I had a bad start then Noriyuki Haga and Carlos Checa and I all had to come from the back which made it interesting.

"Big thanks to Yamaha who put together a great bike this weekend for me, we were really strong and put in some good laps towards the end of the races and I think we showed what we are capable of."