Highly Positive Qualifying Results for Ninja ZX-6R Riders In England

June 29, 2009

Despite encountering a variety of track surface conditions this weekend Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara set strong qualifying times in the single qualifying session today.

Even though there is limited practice time in WSS this year in any case, including only one untimed practice session on the opening day, Lascorz was still fast in this afternoon’s qualifying session. The Spanish rider ended up third and took a front row starting position for the sixth time in 2009.

For Fujiwara, the previous track best holder at Donington, eighth place came despite not having found a perfect final gearing set-up, which he will be able to try out before tomorrow’s race, in morning warm-up.

The 22-lap Supersport race will take place between the two 23 lap World Superbike races, with all riders hoping that the weather remains dry all day.

Joan Lascorz: “I got a front row, that was not a big problem, even if we could not get to pole position. The set-up of our bike is quite critical at the moment and if I make a small mistake I lose a lot of time. So we have to improve the set-up to make things a bit easier that way. The track is really in two halves - the part flowing down and up the hill and then the part with heavy braking and acceleration.”

Katsuaki Fujiwara: “It is only in sector three that I am losing time, in the small tight corners. Maybe I am losing half a second in that whole area. We maybe need to adjust the gearing of the machine to match the speed of corner entry to the speed of the corner exit. We will try something in warm-up tomorrow. I really like this track and from the second row a podium finish should be possible.”