Joan Lascorz was just four points shy of becoming the first Kawasaki rider to finish inside the World Superbike Championship top ten overall since 2007 after equalling his best finish of fifth place at Portimao.

Competing in his first season of WSBK racing after tasting success at Supersport level, though Lascorz didn't post a finish higher than fifth, his impressive consistency saw him finish ahead of race-winning team-mate Tom Sykes by 20 points.

Finishing fifth and eighth at Portimao to equal results achieved at Donington Park and Motorland Aragon, Lascorz also had the distinction of setting the fastest lap in the final race of the season.

"In race one, I lost some rear grip and it was difficult at times then on the last lap Biaggi came past me. But it was a top five placing like at Donington and Aragon which is good. In race two we had the same tyre choice but made a little change in suspension set-up. I did not make a good start again and I think on the first lap I was 12th. Near the end of the race I was a little faster but just not enough to finish any higher than eighth."

Ending his rookie year 11th in the standings, just four points behind Ayrton Badovini, the Spaniard is expected to return with Kawasaki next season.