Separate Tests Help Supersport Pairing
July 21, 2009
In the run up to the Brno WSB race both Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara will have tested their Ninja ZX-6R machinery, albeit in very different ways.
Lascorz, currently a strong fourth in the championship, rode at a Spanish circuit called Castelloli, testing suspension and electronics advances, on 13 July.
His team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara returned home to Japan to test at Autopolis, also trying out new suspension equipment to face the final few races of the intense 2009 season.
Only bad luck at key points has held back the push of Fujiwara on the 2009 green machine, but despite this he still has three top six finishes to his credit so far, plus two front row qualifying rides.
It has been an even stronger season so far for Lascorz, who took his third podium finish of 2009 last time out at Donington, and in doing so closed to within 15 points of third place in the championship rankings.
Joan Lascorz: “Our Spanish test was very useful to us and a good use of the break between the Donington race and the race coming up in Brno. The team worked on a lot of solutions and we made some conclusions on which ones to use at Brno. It’s a good track, and with our bike working at its best we should be ready again.”
Katsuaki Fujiwara: “It has been good to have a break from the races in one way, but we have not been treating it like a holiday. We have been working on testing and development new ideas, and we’ll be ready for Brno for sure.”