Lascorz Still Leads After Latest Podium Ride
May 11, 2010
WSS, Monza, Italy, 9 May 2010
Joan Lascorz was third today at Monza and his fifth podium place in succession was enough to keep him in the championship lead. Katsuaki Fujiwara was also on good form, finishing fifth after 16 laps.
Third in qualifying Joan was second on lap one, then third as Eugene Laverty and Kenan Sofuoglu headed the field. On the final two laps Joan drew close to Sofuoglu but was just unable to pass him on the final tour at this high-speed circuit, which also features many chicanes.
Fujiwara was the second Kawasaki rider in the top five, after Fabien Foret (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki) had to retire. Fujiwara had started seventh on the grid and as he was not quite able to stay with the leaders in the early laps he ended up in a fight with Michele Pirro, after competing at close quarters with many other competitors.
Joan now has a four-point lead over Sofuoglu, with Monza race winner Eugene Laverty third on 91 points. Katsuaki is ninth, on the same points score as Pirro, 34.
Joan Lascorz: "I saw that I had an opportunity to pass Kenan at the last chicane and I was fighting for the the pass but it did not go well. With every race it is getting more and more difficult in this class, so we will see how it goes week-by-week, race-by-race. This year the top three riders are all going well and our pace was good again this week, with another podium."
Katsuaki Fujiwara: "I had a big fight in the race and we finished inside the top five, which was a good result after I started seventh. The track here is a very special kind and we battled hard, but maybe I did not have the front-end set-up to be able to pass other riders under the brakes easily. But I scored good points and that was what we set-out to do."