New ZX-6R moving forward with Lascorz And Fujiwara
March 10, 2009
Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara are moving forward in the development stages of their 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R machines at Losail this coming weekend, with high hopes of strong race results.
Their bikes and equipment have had to be shipped straight to Qatar from the previous round in Australia, where Lascorz was fast in qualifying and finished eighth in a thrilling 21-lap race.
Fujiwara missed out on a points scoring finish at Phillip Island, a lot of time was spent working on various machine settings in qualifying, throughout the race he was have an exciting battle with two other riders, as they were contesting for the final point on offer.
Fujiwara knows that Losail has been a kind circuit to him in the past, having scored a win there in 2005, and a third place finish in 2007.
Lascorz also finds himself in good form at Losail, having been only 0.048 seconds out from his first WSS career race win there last year.
The 2009 WSS race, to be held on Saturday, is scheduled for 18-laps, the same length as each of the two WSB contests.
Joan Lascorz: “I am not sure how we will get on in Qatar until we get there. For sure the gap between the top bikes and us, even though we are early in the development cycle of this bike, is now small. The level is very high in this class so everything counts, and if you have not had the time to spend on engine development on a new bike then it is very hard.”
Katsuaki Fujiwara: “I have had good results at Losail before and I like it because it has some fast corners. The long straight is a big factor in this race, but we will see how things are. We made progress in Phillip Island and worked though a lot of different machine settings. We want to score good points at this race and move forward again.”