Matteo Baiocco is celebrating after recording his best-ever World Superbike Championship results at the Chang International Circuit as he broke into the top six for the first time in his career.

A former Italian Superbike Champion and British Superbike racer, Baiocco has previously made 60 WSBK starts, but his best result coming into the Thai weekend on the Althea Ducati was a ninth place achieved last month at Phillip Island.

However, the Italian would be a top ten contender throughout the weekend and proved similarly competitive in the races, prevailing over three-tiime champion Troy Bayliss on the factory Ducati to finish sixth and eighth in the two races and emerge as the highest-placed Panigale contender in both.

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"I'm pleased to have made continuous improvement throughout these two races. Even in qualifying we saw that that we could be inside the first eight and we are able to achieve this in the races too. I made two good starts, keeping pace until the end.

"I have grown a lot since Phillip Island and now we head to Aragon in high spirits. I am also very pleased for the Team as the guys have worked really hard, the bike was working well and to be the first of the Ducatis across the line makes both me and the team very happy."