Broc Parkes was pleased to come away with a top ten finish in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Monza having questioned initially whether he should take part.
The Australian was still reeling from shoulder injuries sustained in a testing crash at Snetterton, an accident that ruled him out of the previous round at Assen.
Returning to action at Monza, Parkes admits he was far from being in peak physical condition, but was pleased he battled on after qualifying 13th and running well inside the top ten for race one.
Although he would drop to an eventual tenth position at the finish, he was delighted to equal his and Kawasaki's best result of the season against the odds.
“I had a great weekend especially seeing I came here and wasn't feeling 100 per cent at all. Friday was a bit of a battle for me physically and I really did ask myself if I was ready to ride after my crash in Snetterton two weeks ago.
“I was still pretty sore all over but we stepped up in Saturday's qualifying and the bike felt really good and I was pretty happy to make second sector Superpole again and although we just missed out on the third row start, I was happy enough to be in 13th place again. In race one, I had a great start and I was with the front runners during the first few laps.
“The bike felt really good and I felt that I could have actually pushed up a few more places if I wasn't being held up at the beginning. Towards the end of the race we had a few issues with the bike and ran short of fuel on the last lap but I was really happy with a tenth place.
“Race two wasn't as easy as I started the race on my spare bike which I had hardly ridden all weekend. I also felt physically tired towards the end of the race so we were pretty lucky to finish in 13th and scored a few more points."