Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Riders In The Top Six
June 22, 2009
An aggregate World Supersport race at Misano saw both Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara
finish strongly, with Joan fourth and Katsuaki sixth.
Fujiwara was running in a podium place until the race was stopped due to an oil spill, and despite running at a high pace during the restart he lost places in turn one of the second leg, and was unable to get back into terms with the leading riders.
Lascorz was one of those riders in the second leg top group, forming part of a four rider battle that became two fights for the top places on the track, although the results on aggregate proved to be different.
With morning practice proving wet, Lascorz, like many of his peers, slid off but was unhurt. He rallied well in the races, but had a lot to do to make up for a qualifying place of tenth.
In the championship Lascorz made good ground with his third consecutive fourth place finish, and indeed he sits fourth in the championship, with 86 points.
Katsuaki moved up two places today, and is only one point from a top ten ranking, with 39 points to his credit.
Joan Lascorz: “I was running well in the second leg of the race, for a time at least. We decided to put in a soft tire for the second leg of the race, so that we could make up some places in the aggregate, then try to manage the tyre. We ended the race fourth and some of our main championship rivals didn’t finish, but I could not go faster than Roccoli to get the podium.”
Katsuaki Fujiwara: “We had a really good chance to get on the podium but it slipped away. My starts were not so bad in each half of the race but when I got the first corner my braking adjuster was gone and I had to pump the brakes and ran wide in the corner. Our race - or races - were good today but it would have been great to get that podium.”