Alex Lowes says he is delighted to be back on the World Superbike Championship podium, even if he was left to rue a mistake that arguably cost him a brace of rostrums at the Chang International Circuit.

Following a disappointing start to the year in Australia, which saw Lowes amongst the pace setters over a single lap only to struggle come race day, the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki was this time able to consolidate his form, turning his front row into a top three challenge.

Unfortunately for him, a tip off at the tricky final corner whilst running third would drop Lowes down the order in race one and though he would claw his way back to sixth place, he was then demoted to seventh after being judged to have overtaken under yellow flags.

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Undeterred, Lowes fought back in race two, battling it out with Leon Haslam before settling for third in what remains only his third podium at World Superbike level and a first of the year for Suzuki.

"I'm really happy to be back on the podium - it's a third place but for us it means a lot after Phillip Island! It really should have been two podiums today, I just made a small mistake because I was determined to catch Leon and get second. As a team we've all worked so hard but the result is that we are back on the podium and back in the front group, and if we can keep a bit more consistency like this for the rest of the year then it will be a great season for us.

"I don't really know about the yellow flag penalty, it's a bit of a shame - Salom went off on the astroturf at turn four so he shut off and Troy and I obviously passed him and when we arrived at the next corner there was a yellow flag! To be honest I didn't think much about it. It's disappointing as two top-sixes would have been good but it is what it is.

"So, one mistake away from it being a really great weekend but I'm really happy with race two, I was quite aggressive at the start but I rode a steady race and it's a great way to thank the team for their hard work. Now I can concentrate on keeping it going for the next round in Aragon!"