Jordi Torres has consolidated his top five position in the World Superbike Championship standings after enjoying one of the strongest weekends of his rookie season at Laguna Seca.

Starting from the front row of the grid on his first visit to the iconic Californian circuit, though Torres couldn't mount a podium challenge come race day, he put in a convincing defence against Davide Giugliano in race one before settling for fifth place.

For race two, Torres engaged in a race-long battle with Red Devils Roma Aprilia team-mate Leon Haslam, the former Moto2 race winner prevailing to beat his more experienced counterpart in a straight fight for the first time in 2015 to finish fourth.

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"We did a great job. We knew we would be able to do well after our third place time in qualifying. Our pace wasn't the best, especially in Race 1 where I struggled with rear grip and wasn't able to keep up with Giugliano. In Race 2 things went much better.

"In the first few laps I struggled in the braking sections because of the new pads, but once they worked themselves out I was able to set my pace to overtake Leon.

"The changes we made between the two races allowed me to do the times we had expected. I'm also pleased because we identified one of the areas where we'll make some changes for the coming races which will make my RSV4 perform better in mid-turn."