Kawasaki Racing Team World Superbike rookie Joan Lascorz enjoyed his first ride on the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R racebike in Spain recently and he was joined on track by Kawasaki WSS riders Broc Parkes and David Salom.
Lascorz was impressed by his new machine and enjoyed his transition to a new racing class, having been a championship contender for Kawasaki in the Supersport World Championship category this year.
Despite suffering multiple injuries in a crash in early August, Lascorz still finished third overall and is now almost back to full fitness.
“I felt very good at this test but I must get a little more strength back to push the bike to his limits,” he commented on the test. “My first impression of the bike is very positive and it delivers power in a good way.
“On the first day I made a few laps, on the second day a few more and on the last day I felt much happier, and did even more laps than before. I had a much better feeling from the bike also.
“For the moment I have to ride around my lack of strength but otherwise it all went OK. I have a few weeks to go before the Sepang test so I am working on improving my condition to let me go faster on the bike.
“For sure I will be ready for the first race.”
Alongside Lascorz, Aussie Parkes and Salom from the Provec Motocard.com Kawasaki Supersport World Championship team, also tested the latest developments on their Ninja ZX-6R race machines.
The sessions were finally completed on Friday 3 December, with both Salom and Parkes able to make progress towards finding a strong base set-up.
“We had to take a couple of extra days of testing, and we only got a few hours each day in any case,” Parkes commented. “It was windy and sometimes rainy, but we got to test the 2011 spec machine, which we had set out to do.
“The only trouble was that it was really cold, so you could only push so far in those conditions. We got a good base set-up for the next tests but the conditions were a little bit difficult at this one.”
Lascorz will partner Queenslander Chris Vermeulen and Brit Tom Sykes as part of a three-rider assault on the 2011 WSBK title.