2009 Ninja ZX-6R Fastest Of All As Lascorz Shines
January 27, 2009
The all new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R set the fastest lap of the official three-day World Supersport test at Portimao, in the hands of new signing Joan Lascorz.
Lascorz' Provec Motocard Kawasaki World Supersport team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara was 17th fastest after spending his three days on track working though a variety of engine and chassis set-ups, all of which allowed the new Kawasaki team to make improvements, despite the ever changing weather conditions.
Each rider's best time was set on day two, as this offered the driest tack surface and a reduced force from the blustery and sometimes challenging wind. On the final day Fujiwara was second fastest in the wet conditions that plagued the morning session. Lascorz had a fantastic debut in Kawasaki colours against all his peers, fastest on day one and day two, and fully competitive throughout.
For the enthusiastic team one final test session at Calafat in Spain precedes the first round of the championship, at Phillip Island in Australia.
Joan Lascorz: "Obviously the bike is competitive, even if we still have work to do to get the set-up 100%. I think we have a good chance because Sofuoglu, for example, knows his bike very well and his team very well. It is all-new for us, but we are at more or less the same level. By working in better directions we can be even more competitive. We will be concentrating on the suspension at our Calafat tests but we have been able to make good laps here and we have more to come."
Katsuaki Fujiwara: "I spent a lot of time at this test working with the engineers to try out a lot of different settings and parts. I did that more than think about lap times. We made very good progress, on both engine and chassis settings, and I think we are in a good place. We are ready to take on the championship next month in Australia. I think the bike is already at a very good level, in many areas."