Jules Cluzel has notched up another Silverstone-inspired career landmark after claiming an impressive maiden World Superbike podium with a charging ride in the second race of the day.

Starring around a circuit that has seen him win races at Moto2 and World Supersport level in previous years, Cluzel hinted at his pace in race one as he contested the podium before slipping back to sixth position at the chequered flag - still his equal best result of the season at the time.

However, the young Frenchman would come out fighting more aggressively in race two, ignoring the drizzly conditions to work his way to the front in tandem with Fixi Crescent Suzuki team-mate Leon Camier.

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Shadowing Camier in a Suzuki 1-2 at one stage, Cluzel went one better on lap 13 when he passed into Vale, the youngster snatching a lead he would hold for two laps before Loris Baz got the better of him down the Hangar Straight.

However, Cluzel's inspired performance looked set to end in disappointment on lap sixteen when a sudden burst of rain at Stowe caused him to slide off the GSX-R1000. Nonetheless, just Cluzel remounted, a fall for Leon Haslam seconds later at the same bend would cause the race to be stopped and the result declared.

Counted back to lap sixteen when Cluzel was running in second place, the WSBK rookie was classified in that position, much to his relief and delight.

"It has been really good today, especially in the second race because I chose the right tyre and my pace was fast. I didn't get a very good start, but in the dry I was able to come back and when I saw some little spots of rain I continued to push hard because it was not wet. I had some chance to make up some places and for the first time this season the rain helped me.

"The last lap was unbelievable though, because as I arrived in the corner it was impossible to stay on the bike, but I was able to get back on and then the race was stopped, so I finished second. I think I deserved this result and I want to say thank-you to my team for all their hard work.

On a day that saw both Cluzel and Camier celebrate podiums for Suzuki, the Frenchman congratulated his team-mate on a job well done.

"I also want to congratulate Leon on a great podium and wish him a very Happy Birthday - I enjoyed his cake!"