Joan Fifth After Hardest Race Of 2010

May 17, 2010

WSS, Kyalami, South Africa, 16 May 2010
Joan Lascorz ended his Kyalami weekend just a handful of points from the championship lead despite finishing fifth and off the podium for the first time in 2010.

The Spanish rider could not get his set-up to match the tricky and very bumpy Kyalami circuit and no matter how hard he rode he could not keep the leading riders in his sights after qualifying eighth on the grid.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki was a front row qualifier but he too struggled to keep race pace and he slid back down the field from fourth in the first laps to an eventual 12th place, fighting for every place as the race wore on. With good grip from his tyres Katsuaki could keep up forward progress but as soon as the grip was reduced by the intensity of race pace and the track conditions, he slid back. Kats is now tenth in the standings, with a nine point cushion to take to the next race.

At the seventh round in America on May 31 each official Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R rider will be looking for a real improvement in their prospects as the Miller track is very different from Kyalami, even if it is another high-altitude circuit.

Joan Lascorz: "We made some changes this morning and it was not so bad in the race but we lost some front grip very early, after three or four laps, so I could not push or brake hard. I am not satisfied with this finish and we lost some points but we knew that this track would be one of the worst ones for us; we saw that last year was very hard. We have to keep working and we will be fighting with them next time in America."

Katsuaki Fujiwara: "At the beginning we were good and also in qualifying. I got off the line OK and the first four or five laps it was fine. But when we have less grip the bike does not like turning on this track. The surface is very bumpy and has little grip. The bumps start the bike to slide and it is hard to keep our best pace. I fought hard, we all did this weekend, and now we will restart in Miller."