Joan Lascorz was philosophical about losing victory on the final lap of the latest World Supersport round at Assen, the Spaniard merely satisfied to have shown the Kawasaki has race winning pace.
Lascorz took the fight to weekend pace setter Cal Crutchlow during free practice and qualifying, before going on to challenge to victory in the race, sharing the lead with Eugene Laverty throughout.
Heading into the final lap with Laverty and Crutchlow close behind, Lascorz sustained their pressure until the last corner when Laverty dived inside and Lascorz couldn't resist. Crutchlow followed through to demote Lascorz to third in the short run to the finish line.
Despite missing out on a first win for the Kawasaki team in more than two years, Lascorz was nonetheless delighted to be back on the podium.
“Our race was good, I was comfortable at the pace but we had a little bit of chatter with the front suspension, so there were some places on the track where I could not really push. The bike is good now, it makes fast laps and strong results, but we need to be able to fight more in some corners.
“On the final chicane I braked as hard as I could but Laverty passed me inside. I know I braked hard but Laverty could brake harder on his bike, and when he went inside Crutchlow also came through.
“The finish of the race was good for the show but not so good for me! We have improved a lot since the start of the year but I feel we should have more points than we have.”