Anthony West (Stiggy Racing Honda) took his first podium in World Supersport since Valencia, way back in April, with his second place finish in the recent race at Brno.
In doing so he regained the confidence that had been seeping away in recent times.
had qualified only tenth and was just running fast but far from the lead when a pass on Eugene Laverty suddenly upped his game in the last part of the race and Anthony found his true high standard again, catching up to within a fraction of a second of the outright win.
He was mobbed by autograph hunters after the post race press conference and wore a grin that has been conspicuous by his absence recently, particularly after a less than encouraging recent test at Imola. He admitted after the Brno race that it was indeed an odd day at the office, but a happy one.
"I dunno what the change was, but I was feeling bad after the last two races," said West. "After the Imola test I was really down and I didn't even know if I wanted to come back and race anymore, I was feeling like I shouldn't be here, just riding around like the way I was. In the race I started to feel good and the guys got a set-up, and this place kind of suits me. In the beginning I thought I could just pass Laverty, and I only just got past him, but from then on it worked out good. I need it, the team needs it."