Another New Challenge For Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Riders
May 28, 2009
The first World Supersport Championship race to be held at Miller Motorsport Park in America will be a new experience for the Provec Motocard.com Kawasaki duo of Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara.
Last year only the World Superbike teams made the trip to America, and for the vast majority of the World Supersport field the circuit will be all-new, adding yet another complication to what will surely be an intense and competitive race weekend.
In the overall championship fight Lascorz is a creditable fifth after six rounds, in his first season as a Kawasaki rider, having scored two podium places on the new Ninja ZX-6R already.
Fujiwara looks forward to another weekend when he can move up the order, as he now sits 13th, only five points from a top ten placing despite two early season no scores. His immediate target is to beat his season best of fifth, which he took at the Valencia round last month.
The Miller circuit, like the previous round at Kyalami, is a high altitude location, and at 4.907km in length, it is also relatively long by modern standards. The state-of-the-art facility was a popular place for the WSB class to visit last year, and the track layout itself features a wide variety of elevation changes and corner designs.
Miller will be the turning point of the season in one way at least, with the seventh round signifying the end of the first half of the 14 round season. After Miller, the next round takes place at Misano, on June 21.
Joan Lascorz: “It was frustrating to get so close to a podium at Kyalami then just miss out, but we have another chance to improve on that this weekend. Most of the riders in WSS have never been to Miller before, just like us. We have made improvements in the race set-up since the start of the year and I want that to continue in America.”
Katsuaki Fujiwara: “We didn't get the kind of result in the race at Kyalami we were aiming for so I am looking forward to a better finish in America. It is a new track for us but that will be the same for most of our competitors. We should be starting the weekend on an even level. I will give my best, as always.”