Lascorz Second In The Race And Fourth In The Points

June 30, 2009

During a warm and eventually sunny raceday at Donington, Joan Lascorz rode to a hard-fought and well-deserved second place in the 22-lap Supersport race.

The Spanish rider added to his second place finish from Monza with his second 20-point score of the year, finishing five seconds from race winner Cal Crutchlow.

Lascorz had been in the running for a podium position in characteristically aggressive style, taking the lead for the first three laps until Crutchlow passed by. He held on for second in fine style, finishing almost ten seconds ahead of third place rider, Garry McCoy.

The early laps promised two top six positions for the Kawasaki Provec squad, as Katsuaki Fujiwara was on a good pace at the sharp end of the action, but a collision with another rider stopped him in his tracks when both crashed out early on.

Both Joan and Katsuaki were enthused by the increasing capabilities of their Ninja ZX-6R machines at this meeting, and expect even more advances for the next round at Brno, on July 26.

Joan Lascorz: “That equalled my best result this year, and the machine is working very well now, even better than Misano, so big congratulations to all the team. Halfway through the race Cal upped his pace a little bit and I was not able to go with him, so I had to settle for second place, but I am very happy anyway.”

Katsuaki Fujiwara: “I was behind Aitchison when we were going downhill into the Old Hairpin then he had a highside and went a bit loose, so I passed him. Then his bike gripped again and it jumped into my path. It was really easy to follow McCoy and he made a podium finish. So only bad luck today, the bike was very good and we are much more consistent with it now. It is all going forward, so Brno should be a good one for us again.”