Despite courting plenty of attention at Magny-Cours with its impressive victory in the Supersport category, Kawasaki's Superbike team endured an otherwise anonymous weekend in France after scoring just a single point through Broc Parkes.
Now guaranteed to finish bottom of the manufacturers' table for the second year in succession, Parkes had been destined to score in both races, but gearchange issues during the first encounter forced him into retirement, even if he would go on to make some amends with 15th in the second.
Out-scored by the privateer Pedercini team, Parkes was frustrated to have been lapping some way off the pace of the leaders during the races, despite an engine change.
"It was a tough weekend from start to finish and I'm really disappointed where we've ended up. I pushed to the limit but no matter what we tried it didn't seem to click into place here at Magny Cours. I struggled with our qualifying tyre so once again had a bad grid position which always makes it hard to make up places.
“Unlike in previous races we didn't seem to find a good race pace either so my lap times were quite a way off the top ten guys which is where I aimed to be. In race one we may have ended up in the top twelve if things had gone our way but my bike was slipping into false neutrals which forced me to retire.
“We changed an engine for race two but unfortunately this did little to improve on our pace and I could only come up with one point for the weekend. Both the team and I have come away knowing that we didn't achieve what we wanted to so we can only move forward for Portimao."
Having been drafted in as a last-minute replacement for the injured Makoto Tamada, Sheridan Morais also struggled with set-up throughout the weekend, the South African unable to match the points he scored on his debut for the team at Kyalami.
"I'm disappointed big time this weekend. I was so excited to be racing with the team again but we just couldn't find a solution to the problems we were having from start to finish despite trying lots of different things on the bike set-up. The whole team and I were hoping to recapture some of my previous success and pace from races like Kyalami and Brands Hatch BSB but it wasn't to be.
“Despite the struggles I had this weekend it was still a good experience for me to race against these guys. It's very, very tough and competitive at this level and I want to thank the team for allowing me to fill in for Makoto, I wish them the very best for their last race of the season in Portimao."