Pole Breakthrough For Lascorz At Miller
June 3, 2009
Joan Lascorz took his first career pole position in WSS racing at Miller Motorsports Park, securing a new best lap of 1’51.749 on his way to the best grid slot for Sunday’s 18-lap race.
Lascorz was the leading rider throughout the lone qualifying session, and his success was also the first Kawasaki pole in 2009. This result for Joan and his team was particularly sweet because he has been second on the grid no fewer than four times this year, but not quite in the prime starting spot until now.
Lascorz’ Provec Motocard.com Kawasaki team had a new engine specification for him to try at this race and he made good use of both his machine’s high pace and his own determined and skilful riding performance to beat his nearest challenger, Eugene Laverty, by 0.080 seconds. Joan also finished 0.302 seconds up on the third best rider, Cal Crutchlow, with the rest of the field some way behind those three.
Katsuaki Fujiwara rode his Ninja ZX-6R into the top ten, earning a third row start in the only US-based round of the 2009 calendar, which signifies the halfway point of the 14-round season.
The Miller circuit, in use by World Supersport for the first time this year, has proved relatively easy to learn for most of the WSS riders. The fact that only one of the main protagonists has ever raced there before is sure to make Sunday’s race an entertaining event for competitors and fans alike.
Joan Lascorz: “My fast lap was perfect and we took the pole position. At the end I had learned how to run at a consistent level and could keep the pace high. Then I needed to put in a new tyre and see if I could go faster, and we went a tenth or so better. I just rode a bit better and it made the difference. Other riders are fast and maybe we will have a race between three or four riders, not like in Kyalami. I think we still have more potential from our bike, it’s still new this year. This was a new track for us although it is not that technical. But when you go at the fastest pace the track always feels technical enough!”
Katsuaki Fujiwara: “Our qualifying wasn’t so bad but I wanted more, a little bit more, to get into the 1’52s. We got better through all the sessions. The track is fun, but a little bit bumpy. Tomorrow we will have a look at something in the warm-up session to help us with our overall race pace.”