Fores And Kawasaki Proving To Be Strong And Consistent
August 21, 2009
The worth of Kawasaki's Ninja ZX-10R is being underlined in fine style on the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup class this year, thanks to Javier Fores and his Pedercini Kawasaki Team.
Over the first six rounds of the ten-round championship, which runs alongside WSB rounds in Europe, Fores (23) has posted two podium finishes, three fourth places and one seventh.
The consistent high level of rider, team and machine performance has taken Fores to third in the championship overall, with four rounds to go. Xavier Simeon leads on 130, Claudio Corti has 104 points in second place, and Fores has 84 points, two ahead of Maxime Berger.
The highlight so far was at the most recent round in Brno, when Fores took second place, the best yet for rider and team in this class. Kawasaki has won races in this category in the past, of course, in the early years of the championship's life.
Compared to Superbike or even Supersport racing, which do allow quite high degrees of machine
modification, Superstock has a very direct technical link to the original road machine, making Fores' placing in the series another real boost for fans of Kawasaki machinery all over the world. Not to mention showcasing the capabilities of the current Ninja ZX-10R, of course.
After the season-best of second at Brno, Fores was understandably joyful and appreciative of his team's efforts. He said, "It was a fantastic weekend and I'm really happy to be able to dedicate to my team my best result of the year."
Before Brno, after the previous Donington round, Fores had been able to sum up his feelings about competing so well against some bigger teams and established Superstock names. "I'm happy if I think that we competed with some official riders and that I'm the first Kawasaki rider in Superstock 1000 FIM Cup standing," stated Javier. "My team is working very well and my bike is improving in every race, that's why I'm confident for the next races."
Team Pedercini's effort is a joint venture between the Italian based team and Fores' travelling band of Spanish support staff, as they combine forces to take on the best in the world weekend after weekend.
Next up for Fores is the Nürburgring, on September 6, then Imola and Magny-Cours, with the
championship eventually finishing at Portimao, on the Algarve, on October 25.