Lascorz The Runner-Up In Round One
March 3, 2010
Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara were both on target for a superb double podium finish at
Phillip Island, but only Joan was to take home some silverware, finishing second overall.
He and Katsuaki looked set to fight it out for second on their Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R machines when the
Japanese rider went past into second place, only to fall at the fourth turn on lap 18 of 21.
The race had been started and then halted after some serious oil leaks coated the circuit, with Joan disputing the lead at the time. In a full distance re-start the race changed in character and Joan rode hard to take second place and 20 points.
Katsuaki simply whistled through the pack at full pace after being pushed wide in turn one, dropping to 11th but putting in a very determined ride. He was impressed by his machine's capabilities all through the race and was simply caught out when pushing to make a gap on Joan.
Kawasaki runner Fabien Foret (Lorenzini by Leoni) was fifth in the race, riding alone for long periods and almost ten seconds ahead of his pursuing group at the end.
Joan Lascorz: "We had a perfect qualifying but in the race we found a bit of chatter. I was not sure why but I tried my best. It is not so bad at this race to be second and score lots of good points, and at the next race we should be even better. Katsuaki used a different rear tire choice from me and he seemed more comfortable on the final few laps. He was just unlucky to fall. I am looking forward to the next race already."
Katsuaki Fujiwara: "I made a good start but I was pushed wide at the first corner and lost a few places. My bike was really consistent and we made a good choice on the rear tire. The set-up was really good. I had just passed Joan and was trying to go forward when I lost the front, in mid-corner. I got on and scored some points but I should have been in the podium. We were in very good shape this weekend and I think we will be back again at Portimao."
1 Eugene Laverty Honda CBR600RR
2 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ZX-6R
3 Kenan Sofuoglu Honda CBR600RR
4 David Salom Triumph Daytona 675
5 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R
6 Massimo Roccoli Honda CBR600RR
7 Robbin Harms Honda CBR600RR
8 Jason Di Salvo Triumph Daytona 675
9 Miguel Praia Honda CBR600RR
10 Gino Rea Honda CBR600RR
11 Katsuaki Fujiwara Kawasaki ZX-6R
1 Eugene Laverty Honda CBR600RR 25
2 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ZX-6R 20
3 Kenan Sofuoglu Honda CBR600RR 16
4 David Salom Triumph Daytona 675 13
5 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R 11
6 Massimo Roccoli Honda CBR600RR 10
7 Robbin Harms Honda CBR600RR 9
8 Jason Di Salvo Triumph Daytona 675 8
9 Miguel Praia Honda CBR600RR 7
10 Gino Rea Honda CBR600RR 6
11 Katsuaki Fujiwara Kawasaki ZX-6R 5