Alex Lowes has moved ahead of Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team-mate Eugene Laverty in the World Superbike Championship standings after scoring his second podium the season in front of his home crowd at Donington Park.

Taking full advantage of his local knowledge around the Leicestershire circuit, Lowes has been in fine form throughout the weekend, qualifying fourth in Superpole before showing his mettle in race one by battling to the front of the field on lap one.

Though he would be surpassed by Loris Baz - and later Tom Sykes -, Lowes retained front-running pace all the way to the chequered flag to cross the line in third, marking the second podium of his rookie WSBK season

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"Race one was good, I struggled a bit at the end, but the start and leading my first World Superbike race was great! It's nice for the team at the home race as well, so I'm really pleased with that.

Lowes's hopes of improving on that result in race two, however, ended on lap five when he clipped Marco Melandri's Aprilia, sending both himself and the Italian down. Despite this, Lowes rejoined at the back of the field, making impressive gains up the order to be classified in ninth place - a result he could take heart from.

"I am disappointed with the second race," he added. "The bike improved a lot, we had made some good changes - so thanks to Lez for that - I had good pace and I could've had another podium. I tried my best and got a ninth place, pushing really hard right to the end even though my bike was badly damaged. "

Now ahead of team-mate Laverty in the overall standings, Lowes is looking ahead to the next round in Malaysia with confidence.

"We'll move on with the confidence gained this weekend as we have proved we can run at the front. My starts were better and I mixed it in with the top boys so I'm looking forward to the rest of the year, I've got some solid results now and I can't wait for Sepang!"