Alex Lowes has lifted himself into the top ten of the overall World Superbike Championship standings with two fighting rides on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki in Malaysia.

The Englishman was made to work hard on a day of hot conditions and wilting tyre life, but sixth in the first race and eighth in the second outing, after losing time at the beginning in turn one, marked a rewarding conclusion.

It means the Suzuki rider has moved up to ninth in the standings, just 13 points behind PATA Honda rider Michael van der Mark in seventh.

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"It was a difficult day but I feel like I rode really well. I'm disappointed with the sixth and eighth results on paper but riding wise I think I did a good job. Obviously I just got unlucky in the second race with the incident in turn one - it can happen anytime but when everything is going a bit uphill it seems to happen to us!

"Apart from that I did my absolute best, caught up as much as possible without crashing and went forward in both races. We struggled a bit for out-and-out pace here so we tried to set our bike up for 16 laps, as it's a bit of a peculiar track for tyre life.

"It's been a tough weekend but I feel like I'm starting to learn how to ride in this heat a lot better and without the race two incident at the start there was the potential to battle for fourth place. I'm looking forward to a few weeks off before we have the last three rounds of the year and I'm hoping for a really strong finish as I'm really starting to build back some confidence and belief in myself now."