Jonathan Rea says he is pleased to be leaving Laguna Seca with another World Superbike podium under his belt as he ascends to third in the overall standings ahead of the summer break.

The Ulsterman was left with work to do after a fall in qualifying consigned him to just tenth place on the grid, an issue magnified by the difficulties in passing around the short Californian venue.

Finishing sixth in race one having lost ground with an off moment on lap six of 25, Rea struck back in race two, fighting his way up to seventh before the red flag came out.

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Able to start from an elevated grid slot, Rea made a great start to run in fifth place initially before rising to fourth at the expense of the crashing Marco Melandri and then to third in front of Toni Elias.

A positive outcome to a weekend that threatened to be difficult following his Superpole error, Rea says the result is almost as satisfying as his win last week in Portugal.

"I feel we should have been stronger in race one, but that was a knock-on effect of my mistake in Superpole. The red flags definitely helped me in race two by improving my grid position but they [team] gave me a bike today that was pretty good. In the second part of the race, I felt like I had a bike that could compete right at the front had I been there from the first lap.

"Unfortunately, Laguna is really hard to pass at so I had to make some bold manoeuvres but I enjoyed it! It's how I like to ride and I'm excited to leave here with a podium, which almost feels better than my race win last week in Portugal. I'm excited to go into the summer break and come back strong for the last part of the year."

His seventh podium of the season, Rea has risen to third in the standings ahead of Loris Baz and only 20 points behind Sylvain Guintoli.