Two solid top five finishes have moved Eugene Laverty up to fourth position in the 2011 World Superbike standings, placing him within striking distance of Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi ahead.

The Irishman, fresh from his double success at Monza, enjoyed a strong day of racing as he recovered from a poor start in race one to get as high as second, only for tyre problems to leave him in fifth by the chequered flag.

A different approach in race two saw Laverty run third for the first-half of the race, though he would eventually be overhauled by Max Biaggi and left in fourth place.

Though it wasn't quite the podium he was hoping for, Laverty comfortably out-paced Yamaha team-mate Melandri, while the results put him just 25 points off the Italian in fourth overall.

"I managed to get a great start off the line in both races and maintain my starting position into the first curve. In race one I made a mistake changing the gears which caused me to drop back. I climbed up to second by mid-race but then I began to suffer from extreme tyre wear.

"We improved the chassis setting before race two and I was a lot more cautious with the tyre. I was sitting in third place from early on but I didn't want to push too hard in on Max to ensure the tyres would last to the end. I'm quite happy having finished fifth and fourth in the two races and I'm now fourth in the standings, which I'm pleased with."

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