PJ Jacobsen finished as the highest American rider in the World Supersport class since 2008 by taking his debut podium in the series at Misano.
The 20-year old then later revealed that watching old Moto2 races at the same track inspired him for the 19-lap race.
Jacobsen posted his fastest time of the weekend in Sunday's 15-minute warm up session and, starting from eighth position, quickly made up four positions on the first lap.
As he crossed the line for the fifth time he had already set the fastest lap of the race and disposed with Kenan Sofuoglu and Michael van der Mark to hold second place.
The Dutchman demoted him to third on lap eleven but Jacobsen held his nerve to hold off a late Sofuoglu charge to come home third, 3.4 seconds behind the winner, his closest gap to the front all season.
“It's funny because I was watching all the Moto2 videos from the past few years. I saw Scott Redding do the same move that I did around the outside of everybody at turn two,” he said of the first lap move. “I went for it there because there was a huge gap and I knew how wide it was so the video definitely helped.”
“I think we just found a couple of things with the bike that suit my style a bit better. I think we're improving every race. It's a new track for me, the bike felt good in the race.
“I couldn't stay with Cluzel, he had that big gap in the beginning. To bring it home for my first podium, well I'm pretty happy with that. I just have to keep improving.
The last American to finish as highly in the World Supersport class was Josh Hayes who placed fourth at the final round of the 2008 series in Portimão. The 16 points gained for third place moves Jacobsen into seventh in the overall standings.