Championship Leader Lascorz Heads North

April 20, 2010

WSS, Assen, Netherlands, 20 April 2010
Joan Lascorz and his team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara have set their sights on the fourth round of the Supersport World Championship at Assen this weekend with a high degree of enthusiasm.

Joan moved into the championship lead at Valencia earlier this month after a fine race victory, and now leads Kenan Sofuoglu by 65 points to 61.

Fujiwara, despite bad luck in the last race, is very much in the 2010 mix on his Ninja ZX-6R and is looking at Assen as a way to get back in among the leading points scorers. He is currently 11th in the standings, with 15 points.

The famous old Circuit van Drenthe, in the north of the Netherlands, is a classic venue in every sense, but as part of a continuous programme of improvement and modernisation it is now 4.542km long, with modifications at the Ruskenhoek chicane making it both a shorter and faster section of racetrack.

Last time out for Joan and Katsuaki at Assen, in 2009, it was happier day for Joan who was third in the race after missing the win by only 0.178 seconds, while Kats was 14th.

The team has been making preparations for the next few races since Valencia, and will have more new suspension settings for the riders to try in practice, as part of a programme of continuous improvement on the Ninja ZX-6R race machine.

Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki rider Fabien Foret also gets back into action this weekend, sitting in sixth place overall. The 2002 World Champion in this class of racing has won two Assen races during his career, in 2002 and 2005.

Joan Lascorz: "It was great to win and go top of the championship in Valencia, it is where we want to be. The team have worked hard to get us to this point and that work never stops. I have been training at home and I am ready to race again in Assen. It will be interesting to see what has really changed on the racetrack now it is a just a few metres shorter than last year."

Katsuaki Fujiwara: "I have been training hard since Valencia and have spent some time with Makoto Tamada, working with my physical trainer in Spain. I am only focused on a good result in Assen because I am really determined to do well after the last round."