Loris Baz enjoyed the finest World Superbike weekend of his career in dry conditions as he left Aragon with two second places, narrowly missing out on victory in race two.

The Frenchman showed his intentions in qualifying by placing on the front row for the first time in his career after narrowly missing out on pole position.

"He overcame an early Davide Giugliano challenge in race one to come home 4.2 seconds behind the winner before shadowing his team-mate in an impressive race two performance.

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"We knew that race one was going to be hard with the cold temperature but finally it was really on the limit," he said after the race. "I decided to push in the second and go with the soft one. I think we had a little advantage with the SC0 tyre. All weekend we had been fast on it and we knew the [harder option] was going to be close."

"Tom seemed to be a little slower in the [second] race. We catch him and after a few laps and we tried to overtake him. But we made a little mistake with the front and it was nearly too far. I knew Marco was behind and was going to pass me and then overtake Tom as soon as possible. He passed, then made a mistake.

"I tried to catch Tom on the last lap [and corner] but it was too short. But I'm really happy, I loved the race. It's a track that we've always been struggling at so to be on the podium and really close to the victory is good. We did a good race. I think everybody enjoyed it.

Asked whether he felt he had turned a corner by running so close to Sykes in dry conditions, Baz's answer was a confident "I knew I could do that. To put it on the track was good."

The result in race one saw Baz temporarily lead the championship before Sykes leapfrogged him in the standings with his race two result. Still the Frenchman is content with his early consistency.

"I was the best in the world for one hour! But we're thinking of the championship and of course we have to score in every race as much as possible. I think the team have done a really good job this weekend. We've been fast all winter. At Phillip Island we were fast on a track that we've never been fast at. I'm really looking forward to Assen."

The 21-year old leaves Spain second in the series, four points behind the reigning world champion.