Kawasaki enjoyed their best World Supersport points haul for more than two years at Brno, even if riders Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara were slightly disappointed to miss out on a victory.
Lascorz battled for the lead with Cal Crutchlow during the early stages of the race before slipping back into the clutches of Fabien Foret, team-mate Fujiwara and Anthony West.
With Crutchlow's retirement reigniting the battle for the win, Lascorz moved ahead at the start of the final lap, only to be overtaken himself by West. Lascorz's attempt to line-up a pass on West through the last bend, however, was scuppered by Foret's decisive manoeuvre, leaving the Spaniard to settle for third.
“It was good to take a podium at this race and third place is a good result, but we were only a small way from the win. We made some improvements in the bike again in the morning warm-up so I could do fast laps and feel comfortable in the race. The team is working well with the bike and we are improving it all the time.”
Fujiwara was also close to making it to the top of the podium, but while he missed out on a rostrum spot, fourth represents his best result for more than two years.
“Very close to the podium today and it was a good team performance to finish third and fourth. But it would have been even better to have two Kawasakis on the podium! We have been making improvements all year and the bike is better every race. My set-up was good for exiting corners today but under braking and corner entry I could not hold as tight a line as Joan.”
Lascorz's fourth podium of the season means he is now just six points behind third place Kenan Sofugolu in the overall standings, while Fujiwara is up to ninth.