Sylvain Barrier made a successful World Superbike return in Misano with two point scoring finishes after a torrid four month lay-off from serious injury.

Having posted impressive times throughout free practice, Barrier was involved in two tight scraps for the top 'EVO' position. He eventually lost out to David Salom and Ayrton Badovini in race two after losing a position for cutting a chicane.

The two-time FIM Superstock 1000 champion made his return in Misano following a lengthy period on the sidelines, which began with a vicious testing crash in Phillip Island that fractured his pelvis and ruled him out of the two races.

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Four weeks later the Frenchman was briefly left in a coma after colliding with a truck in a serious road traffic accident. Subsequent facial surgery kept him out of action for an indefinite period and Leon Camier deputised in the BMW Italia ranks for five rounds while Barrier recovered.

It was announced after the Malaysian round in Sepang that Barrier would return to take his seat in Italy and he was buoyed to be straight back on the pace from the off as he turned in 15th and 11th place finishes.

"The last time I ride the bike was in Phillip Island so you cannot believe the feeling," he told Crash.net. "It's fantastic, it's been four or five months so to be so close to it [top EVO position] is honestly amazing," he said.

"It's really wonderful. There was a lot of work on my side. Leon [Camier] did a really good job with the bike. It was difficult because you don't know exactly where you are [with recovery] and James Toseland has helped me. But it was a nice pleasure. In the second race it was more easy to ride."

With such a long lay-off Barrier admitted to struggling physically in the first race with arm issues.

"Physically it was a real struggle with the arm," he said. "We changed the bike for the second race because the first race was really tough. But everything was good; the fitness is not a problem. It's more the muscles that you don't use normally but on the bike you use quite a lot. But everything else is fantastic."

Barrier was involved in a tight battle for the top EVO position in race two with Salom and Badovini. He was asked to drop a position by race direction in the middle of the fight, which caused him to lose touch with Salom in the closing laps. Still, the proximity to the EVO championship leader is reason to be optimistic.

"I forget the lap number when they asked me but I must try to make a tactic when I was behind the others on the straightway. But it was a really nice race, I lose the rhythm [at the end] and I lose the contact, Badovini passed me just before the finish. I'm not sure why I was asked to drop one position. I have to ask race direction. But other than that I'm really happy."

Barrier's first point scoring riders of the season place him 21st in the standings with six points to his name.