Lascorz Takes Superb First Ninja ZX-6R Win2009-10-04 04:07
Joan Lascorz took Kawasaki’s first World Supersport race victory of the year at Magny-Cours, winning what was eventually a 19-lap race after a great front running display.
Lascorz had just missed pole position but his race pace was such that although some riders challenged his supremacy early on, none could quite stay with him at the finish.
Cal Crutchlow was riding one second or so behind Joan when the red flags came out, because of an oil spill with two laps remaining. The the results was taken back to the previous lap, leaving Joan the winner by 0.937 from Crutchlow, with Kenan Sofuoglu third.
This was Kawasaki’s first win in WSS since Fabien Foret took a victory at Phillip Island in 2007, and it was also Kawasaki’s eighth win in this category since it became a full FIM World Championship.
Katsuaki Fujiwara could have had an even better result than the strong seventh he recorded today, as he felt he could get to the front of a battling group of riders who disputed what was to be fourth place.
In taking his first place today Lascorz moved to within six points of third place in the overall rankings, while Katsuaki now shares the same points total with Massimo Roccoli, but is classified 11th to Roccoli’s 10th. The next - and final - round is at Portimao, on October 25.
Joan Lascorz: “We have all been working for this for a long time, so I really want to dedicate it to my team and Kawasaki, who have helped to make this happen. Our bike has been really good all weekend, and we are even now preparing the bike for next year, when I am sure there will be a big improvement again. The bike was very constant today and it even felt better at the end of the race than it did at the start. The braking felt easy this race and that helped me defend in corners as well as attack. Next race is Portimao and I am looking forward to it.”
Katsuaki Fujiwara: “A good result for me and even more for our team today. All the team was working well and congratulations to Joan, who has been close to a win many times and now he has it. I was riding comfortably in the group and if we had the final few laps we lost because of the red flag, I am sure we could have been even better.”
Source: Kawasaki Racing Team
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