Leon Haslam climbed the World Superbike podium for the first time since Aragon in April courtesy of a strong second race showing in Portugal.

Still riding in some discomfort after a violent crash in Imola cracked three ribs, Haslam spent the majority of the first race battling with Chaz Davies for third.

When rain unexpectedly started to fall, Haslam sought to gain an advantage on his rivals, exiting the pits in third and determined to hone in on Davies and the runaway Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.

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Yet a 'bad mistake' saw him fall at turn five. Although he remounted, twelfth was an ultimately disappointing outcome from what was a strong overall showing.

"I made a bad mistake in race one, sliding on the wet asphalt and making my ribs worse," said Haslam after race one. "On the other hand in the second race I lost too much time at the beginning, missing a couple of gear changes, and losing touch with the leading group."

That leading group that consisted of Rea, Sykes and Davide Giugliano was just out of Haslam's reach as he battled with a fading feeling with the front tyre.

"In the middle section I had a good pace and was able to move up a few positions to third place. When I started catching up Giugliano I began to lose my feeling with the front.

"I was about a second behind but the race was over at that point. Getting onto the podium was important both for me and for the team considering how hard the guys worked this weekend."