Joan Lascorz gave Kawasaki its first top five finish with the new ZX-10R after a convincing performance at Donington Park.
The Spaniard, new to the category in 2011 having stepped up from Supersport, failed to finish either race in Australia, but got on the score sheet for the first time during the opening Donington race with a run to tenth.
However, a change of set-up on the bike and an improvement to his lingering shoulder injury prompted a more competitive performance in race two, Lascorz working his way up to a high of fourth before eventually settling for fifth.
Scoring Kawasaki's best result of the season – despite starting two rows behind team-mate Tom Sykes -, Lascorz was pleased to be making notable progress.
“Things were better in the second race than the first. I made a change for the second race and from the beginning the bike was very easy and the tyre did not want to spin so much. The team did a good job so I am very happy to take a fifth place.
“It was also easier for me to ride in the second race, despite my old shoulder injury, because my physical trainer worked on it, loosened it up and I had no arm pump in race two. There has obviously been a big improvement since Australia. Two races in the points and a top five, not a bad end to the weekend.”