Chris Vermeulen believes that scoring a podium in dry conditions underlines the progress the Rizla Suzuki team are making the with their GSV-R.
He finished third in the wet at Sachsenring last weekend and added another podium, behind distant leaders Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, in dry conditions at Laguna Seca today.
He started from the third row but made his way up the order and passed the Hondas of Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden to secure third.
"The first two guys were in another world," said Vermeulen. "They got away a bit early and were too quick for us, but I had a bit of a battle with Nicky and Dovizioso in the first few laps and once I got past them we had more pace than everyone else.
"It's hard starting from the third row and I had to pass some fast people, but I think being back on the podium in the dry proves that Suzuki are improving and the bike is getting faster.
"We had a good set-up for the weekend and the team did a great job. I'm looking forward to Brno now."