Kawasaki needs to score just three points during the eighth round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Brno in order to surpass its tally from the entire 2010 season.
Spurred on by the introduction of the new ZX-10R this year, though a handful of lacklustre events still leave the manufacturer bottom of the standings after the first-half of the season, they remain poised by being equal on points with Honda and just a single digit behind fifth place Suzuki.
Perhaps more importantly, Kawasaki – currently on 111 points - are set to exceed the 113 points achieved during the entirety of the 2010 season. Furthermore, it'll represent a higher points' tally than what was produced in 2008 and 2009, while they are well on course to surpass the 192 points of the 2007 season.
Encouraged by the bike's pace at Motorland Aragon in the hands of both Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz, team owner Paul Bird feels a first Kawasaki podium in almost four years is now in the offing.
"Hopefully we have turned the corner with a solid performance at Aragon and we can now continue this forward for the rest of the season,” he said. “We showed we had good pace earlier in the season but things didn't work out for us for a few rounds but I feel we have made good progress recently.
“Both Tom and Joan are now pushing each other and I feel a podium is just around the corner and with another home race at Silverstone coming up after this round, we need to be challenging at the front from now on."