Fujiwara Fights On Lascorz Goes Out injured

August 9, 2010

Katsuaki Fujiwara rode his official Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R into the points at Silverstone after
finding his race set-up not ideal for the often bumpy English circuit.

He was the lone finisher from the Kawasaki team as third place qualifier Joan Lascorz was involved in a first lap accident after he and another rider touched exiting turn one, and Joan fell. A following rider could not avoid Joan and he took the full brunt of a heavy impact from the other rider's front wheel. The accident meant a complete restart of the race, still over 16 laps.

After being admitted to hospital Joan was diagnosed with four broken ribs, an injury to his shoulder, a finger injury and some blood inside his lung. The other rider, Roberto Tamburini had a broken left collarbone. Joan is being kept in hospital in England for around a week and although it is too early to predict how fast his recovery will be, it is expected to take some weeks.

After the accident for Joan, and Katsuaki's issues over the bumps at Silverstone, Lorenzini by Leoni Ninja ZX-6R rider Fabien Foret was the highest placed Kawasaki rider, 12th.

In the championship table Joan is still third overall, with 168 points, while Kenan Sofuoglu leads with 203 points and race winner Eugene Laverty has 186. Katsuaki is ninth, Fabien 12th overall.

Katsuaki Fujiwara: "In the race my rear suspension set-up was not so good and there was too much movement. This morning we tried more adjustment on the rear, but then I fell. So we had to go in the race with the set-up from yesterday. So there was a bit too much movement over the bumps, and could not keep my speed up. We will check the data now to see what we find. I wish Joan very well after his big crash."