Alex Lowes says he can be satisfied to leave Portugal with a fourth and sixth place finish in his pocket after making impressive gains from a lowly grid position at Portimao.

A crash in qualifying not only left the defending British Superbike Champion down in 11th on the grid, but necessitated a lengthy repair job by his mechanics to get the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki ready in time for the races.

Succeeding in making it to the grid, Lowes proceeded to make good progress in race one to prevail in a scrap with team-mate Eugene Laverty and Davide Giugliano to finish sixth.

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Faced with wet conditions in race two, Lowes got away poorly to end the first lap in 13th, but came into his own in the treacherous conditions to get as high as third before settling for fourth. Though disappointed to miss out on the podium, Lowes was otherwise pleased with his solid race day.

"After crashing in qualifying and being on the fourth row I'm quite happy with two solid top six results. In the second race if I hadn't made a little error I could have been on for a podium but I'm happy to come from where I started and to get fourth.

"We learnt some more about the GSX-R - we now know where we still need to improve and also have some proof on where it is working well - which can help us to keep moving forward. I really want to say thanks to the whole team, they were in the garage until 1:30am fixing the bike after my crash.

"It would have been really nice to reward them with a podium so I'm sorry about that, but I'm now looking forward to next week. I can't wait for Laguna, it's another new track, but it's tight and twisty so it should suit us well."