Fujiwara Makes a Set-up Breakthrough
April 15, 2008
Katsuaki Fujiwara (GIL Kawasaki) used revised suspension settings on his Ninja ZX-6R to set the fifth best official testing time out of 19 riders at the tight and twisty Valencia circuit.
The current lap record holder in race conditions at Valencia secured a best of 1’37.572 on his way to a top five place. He would have posted an even faster time but the session was red flagged near the end, and the final few minutes of testing were cancelled.
Chris Walker (GIL Kawasaki) set a best time of 1’37.872 on the first day of the test and had a challenging second day, despite finishing well inside the top half of the rankings.
Katsuaki Fujiwara: “I found a new direction in the settings and I am quite happy about the results of this test. We had better feel from the front as well. I would have set a faster time I think, but there was a red flag when I was on my fastest lap and then the session was ended. When we tested at the first two tracks, Qatar and Phillip Island, we found a good set-up but when we got there for the race, the track temperature was completely different - and the bike felt completely different. But today we had good performance even as the track temperature changed. That was the most important thing for us and the biggest improvement we have made. We have improved things a lot and found a good way for the future.”