Jakub Smrz says he is delighted to be celebrating his first World Superbike Championship podium of the season after originally believing a crash had scuppered his hopes at Silverstone.

The Czech rider came into the race determined to turn his fortunes around from his second pole position of the season, but missed his chance in race one when an erroneous tyre choice left him outside the points.

Smrz fared better in the full-wet conditions of race two as he and former team-mate Sylvain Guintoli sprinted into a substantial lead and though a charging Loris Baz would eventually drop him back to third, the Czech rider was still on course for a first podium of the season.

However, it seemed Smrz's luck would run out when he - together with several other riders - crashed on lap nine in the worsening conditions. Fortunately for him the race was stopped and declared shortly afterwards and Smrz was reinstated to third on count-back.

A much needed boost for Smrz having struggled for form in recent rounds, the result also marks a return to the podium for the Effenbert Liberty Ducati team.

"I'm really happy because it was a tough Sunday for us. I was taken down in race one and we were still fixing the bike and had no time to get new parts.

"In race two it was good, I was together with Sylvain, we were fast but there was so much rain that I just crashed without doing nothing. I'm happy that they counted the end of the race one lap before and this is the first podium for me this year."



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