An eighth World Superbike podium of the season in Portimao has seen Loris Baz retain his third position in the overall standings.

Heading to Portugal seeking his first WSBK win of the season, Baz almost prevailed in an entertaining scrap for second place in race one, the Frenchman settling for what remained a valuable third place finish and his eighth rostrum result of the season.

Finishing sixth in the wet second race after struggling to get a confident feeling on the Kawasaki ZX-10R, Baz was nonetheless pleased with his weekend's work.

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"In race one I saw the rain at one time and I did not know how strong it was so I did not take to many risks until the rain had gone. I am really happy because yesterday I was struggling to be inside the top eight on a race tyre and we found some good things in the morning warm up, so well done to the team.

"In race two we have been struggling a bit to find our best real wet settings but we have made progress in that area recently. In the beginning I was missing some feeling so I was waiting a bit and had some visibility issues. I am happy enough because I found a good pace.

"We have made a good step in the wet here and we lost almost nothing in the championship standings, as I am only five points from second place."

Baz remains third in the standings, 48 points behind team-mate Tom Sykes at the top of the standings, but only five points adrift of Sylvain Guintoli in second.