Joan Lascorz was left to rue what could have been after crashing out of fourth position in the second World Superbike Championship race at Phillip Island.
The Spaniard was enduring a troubled weekend up to the second race of the day having qualified down in 16th position, before scoring just a single point during the opening encounter as he struggled with set-up woes on his Kawasaki.
Nonetheless, a significant change for race two revitalised Lascorz as he scythed his way up the order to be tailing his team-mate Tom Sykes in fourth position by the mid-way point in the race.
However, just as he looked poised to challenge Sykes for what would become third position, Lascorz lost the front-end of his ZX-10R on lap eleven, forcing him into retirement, much to his frustration.
“It was difficult with the settings in the first race. In the first part it was not so bad, then we had a lot of problems with vibration. The wind was also pushing me around in the fast corners. I eventually lost the front in race two but it was much better for the machine set-up.
“Congratulations to Tom, he rode a nice race, and congratulations to the team and Kawasaki too. I crashed out of race two but I think we were just unlucky, and it was good to find our true pace in race two for a few laps.”