Impressive Third And Fourth Places For Ninja ZX-6R Riders
July 29, 2009
After posting third and fourth place finishes in qualifying Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara repeated those results in a dramatic Supersport race that any of the four top riders could have won.
Lascorz led the first lap, but Cal Crutchlow passed him and ran into a clear lead before retiring on lap 16. Lascorz, Fujiwara, Fabien Foret and Anthony West battled it out for the win, with Foret the eventual victory by passing West and Lascorz on the final corner, West was second and Lascorz third, only 0.289 seconds from victory. Fujiwara was just behind, 0.400 seconds from Foret after 18 laps in contention for a podium slot.
The increasing competitiveness of the machine was particularly evident this weekend, and after some small suspension tweaks to his machine in warm-up, Lascorz was particularly impressive as he set off in pursuit of Crutchlow, at a very high pace.
Fourth is Fujiwara's best result of the year so far, and finishing so close to the podium was both a positive outcome and a slightly frustrating end to a great weekend.
In the championship, Lascorz now has 122 points, and closed to within six points of third place rider Kenan Sofuoglu, who was only ninth today. Fujiwara jumped into the top ten, with 52 points, in a season that has included three unlucky no-scores.
The team now enters the five-weekend summer break full of confidence that their ever-improving machine can power them on to even greater things at the Nürburgring, on September 6.
Joan Lascorz: “It was good to take a podium at this race and third place is a good result, but we were only a small way from the win. We made some improvements in the bike again in the morning warm-up so I could do fast laps and feel comfortable in the race. The team is working well with the bike and we are improving it all the time.”
Katsuaki Fujiwara: “Very close to the podium today and it was a good team performance to finish third and fourth. But it would have been even better to have two Kawasaki’s on the podium! We have been making improvements all year and the bike is better every race. My set-up was good for exiting corners today but under braking and corner entry I could not hold as tight a line as Joan.”