Intense Weekend Ahead For Supersport Riders

May 13, 2010

WSS, Kyalami, South Africa, 11 May 2010
Round six of a busy World Supersport race season takes place at Kyalami in South Africa only a few days after the culmination of round five at Monza, Italy.

Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki finished third at Monza, his fifth podium score in a row. Remarkably third place (only just over three seconds from a win) was Joan's lowest individual race score yet. Previously he had taken three second places and one win; the latter at Valencia in his native Spain in round three. Now on a total of 101 points, Joan leads Kenan Sofuoglu by four points, and Eugene Laverty by ten.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki has enjoyed some high and low points so far as he competes at the top level once more on his Ninja ZX-6R. Kats had his best result of the 2010 season so far at Monza, going fifth in the race and up ninth place in the overall rankings. So close is the midfield battle that he is only seven points from a stand-alone fifth place, meaning there is much to play for in Kyalami for him as well as his team-mate.

Kyalami was the scene of Kawasaki's first ever Supersport World Championship win, in 1999 for Iain MacPherson. Andrew Pitt also scored a second Kyalami victory for Kawasaki in the 2002 season.

Joan Lascorz: "We have been very good at getting on the podium this year and that is why we are on top of the championship table. Last year Kyalami was difficult for me, and Laverty was very fast then. I finished fourth but I think we will be better this year. We have taken one race win so far, but I enter every weekend with the same goal - to win each race. We will have the same aim in South Africa again."

Katsuaki Fujiwara: "I know the Kyalami track and I hope we can have a competitive race there. I want to score more good points like we did in Monza. The Kyalami surface is bumpy so we will have to work on the chassis settings to absorb the bumps and still keep up a good race pace."