World Superbike returnee Makoto Tamada put in his most convincing performance for more than a year after riding to his first top ten finish 34 races at Brno, although an accident in race two has left him with a re-broken finger.
Having made a full recovery from the hand injury sustained in an accident at Monza, Tamada was on impressive form on his return to action as he circulated just outside the top ten through practice and qualifying.
Recording his first Superpole appearance this season before landing 11th on the grid, the Kawasaki rider recovered from a slow start to move into the top ten and tussle for sixth position with Leon Haslam, Noriyuki Haga and Jakub Smrz.
Getting as high as seventh, Tamada was eventually stymied by rear tyre woes, which would drop him down to tenth position at the chequered flag. Nonetheless, the result marks Tamada's best at this level since finishing ninth at the Nurburgring last season, the Japanese rider claiming to be much happier with the ZX-10R.
“I felt a lot more confident on the Ninja ZX-10R this weekend as the machine was working really well. We made some big improvements with the suspension and swing arm and we had good engine power. I was running in the top ten for the majority of sessions and was very happy to qualify on the third row and make it into Superpole.
“In race one I didn't have such a great start but I was able to move up and battle for seventh before I ran out of rear grip and had to finish in tenth.
However, Tamada's weekend did end on a sour note when an error whilst attempting to pass Lorenzo Lanzi re-broke the finger that had just healed.
“Race two was a major disappointment as I was hit by another rider on lap three and broke my middle finger again from the previous injury and wasn't able to finish the race.”
Broc Parkes, meanwhile, kept his points tally ticking over with a run to 12th position in the first race at Brno. Even so, the Australian was not entirely satisfied with his weekend.