Chaz Davies has notched up his third World Superbike Championship podium of the season at Portimao after an 'on the limit' push on the final lap of race two saw him fend off his rivals and make up for a frustrating DNF in the first encounter.

Starting from the front row of the grid, Davies struggled initially during the first dry race but was in contention for a podium when he was involved in a collision with PATA Honda's Leon Haslam, leading to his retirement.

To his credit, Davies didn't blame Haslam for 'going for a gap', putting it down to simply a 'racing incident'.

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"Race one wasn't easy, I didn't feel that the bike was quite right. Things were beginning to improve though, and got interesting right when the incident with Leon took place. It was simply a racing incident, I was slightly wider than usual and he saw the gap and went for it... "

Bouncing back for race two, though Davies hasn't enjoyed the best of fortunes in wet conditions over time, he would spend much of his race battling for a top five, only for that to be transformed into a podium battle when the Aprilias of Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri collided ahead.

Desperate to get his spot on the rostrum, Davies pushed hard to claim the fastest lap on the final revolution and join Ducati team-mate Davide Giugliano on the podium.

"It really means a lot to get a podium in the wet, something I've not achieved before, not in Superbike nor Supersport, and for Davide to be there too is really an important result for Ducati today.

"We'd planned to make changes for race two if it had been dry, but in the end those changes worked in the wet. It was going ok in the early stages, I struggled a little before starting to build my pace. After the Aprilias went down, I just put my head down and went after the podium.

"I really enjoyed the final lap, though I was truly on the limit - it also turned out to be the fastest lap of the race. We will definitely go to Laguna Seca in high spirits now."