Germany Next For Recharged Supersport Riders2009-08-31 14:05
After ten intense rounds of WSS racing the August break was welcomed by all, but with Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara having enjoyed some deserved time off, each is keen to get back into race mode.
With four rounds to go, Lascorz is fourth overall on the new-for-2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, having taken one pole position and four podium finishes along the way. He closed to within six points of overall third place after the last round in Brno and in Germany he will once more go after his first win for Kawasaki. In ten races so far in 2009, Lascorz has already scored more points - 122 - than the 121 he scored in 13 rounds last season.
After some up and down races in the early season, Fujiwara is now inside the championship top ten after recent improvements in set-up and spec for his machine. Having been fourth at Brno last time out, ‘Kats’ is now hunting his first top three of the season, to add to his WSS career total of 21 podium finishes.
The Nürburgring track is a known quantity to each rider, with its 5.137km length containing corners of almost every possible design, and some significant changes of elevation. The F1-inspired tight first corner is a difficult one for any rider to master, but the slow hairpins and smattering of chicanes are mixed with medium and fast curves, making it a circuit of great variety.
Joan Lascorz: “The summer break has been long and I have taken the chance to train on the KX450 Supermotard bike that Kawasaki supplied me with. I also spent a week in Tenerife with Santiago Barrigan so I am really rested, fit and ready to go racing again. As usual there has been some more development work done on the bike in the workshops and in Japan, so I am looking forward to trying it out on Friday.”
Katsuaki Fujiwara: “I spent some nice time back in Japan with my wife and son, and also had the chance to test at the Autopolis track. We restart this weekend and things are all heading in the right direction with the bike set-up, so I am keen to get going again.”
Source: Kawasaki Racing Team
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