Jordi Torres says a riding style switch midway through the second race in Jerez was the key to his best career World Superbike finish of second place, which gave him the added pleasure of coming in front of his home fans.

The hometown hero got an excellent blast off the line in the second race, fighting his way up to second place. Under the sweltering Spanish sunshine the World Superbike field suffered similar problems of tyre wear experienced during Friday's FP2 as the mercury rose.

The former Moto2 race winner says his Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils squad had worked on changes for when the Pirelli tyre began to fade away and is delighted with the result after grabbing second place behind race winner Chaz Davies.

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"I'm very happy about the result in race two," Torres said. "I really wanted to do well here at home. The team worked perfectly and I gave 100% every time I went out on the track.

"From about midrace on I had to change my riding style a bit to accommodate tyre wear. With this heat it was very difficult but in free practice we worked on the settings precisely in consideration of this problem."

The Spaniard, who strengthened his fifth place in the riders' standings with two rounds remaining, felt the rostrum finish acted as the perfect tonic after a difficult opening race in which he ran wide at turn one and never fully recovered from the off, eventually trailing home in 12th.

"In race one I got off the line well but in the first turn I shifted into neutral and ran on. I tried to recover but I just didn't have the right feeling with the front brake and I had to settle for collecting some championship points."