Alex Lowes leaves round one of the 2021 WorldSBK championship second in the standings behind team-mate Jonathan Rea, following two second places and a third in race two. 

Lowes last achieved a full WorldSBK race weekend of podiums in 2019 at the Buriram International Circuit, Thailand. 

Lowes was tantalisingly close to Rea for much of the weekend but was unable to pip the six-time world champion on each occasion. 

But importantly for Lowes, it was another strong opening round to his campaign as was the case at Phillip Island last year. 

Speaking after race two, Lowes said: "We had no chance of staying with Scott [Redding] in race two because after two laps the track was completely dry. 

"That was a shame but I felt good on the bike and at the end I played a bit with some settings to find a bit more grip. Three podiums to start the year, on a track I think I have had one podium at in a sprint race on another bike before, but nothing really special. 

"So it is nice to start the season like this. It is just one weekend but I feel good on the bike, which helps. If you are in control on the bike then you can manage the situations a little bit better. 

"This morning in the full wet conditions I felt good. In the dry I felt good. In the mixed conditions we did a good job.

"In all of these conditions with the bike we understand what is happening and that puts us in a good position going forward."