WSS: Lascorz, Kawasaki quickest again.

Kawasaki could emerge as surprise title contenders for this year's World Supersport Championship, particularly in the hands of Joan Lascorz after the Spaniard topped the timesheets in testing for the second consecutive day.

Having switched their factory backing to the newly formed Provec Motocard team for 2009, Lascorz proved he is as quick in the dry as he was during the changeable conditions that afflicted the first day of running.

Lascorz, who won a Supersport race for Honda in 2008, set the best lap of the weekend so far of 1min 45.214secs, just a few hundredths quicker than Yamaha's WSS debutant Cal Crutchlow. He was also 17 positions and almost two seconds quicker than experienced team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara.

Having topped the timesheets in the morning, Ten Kate duo Kenan Sofuoglu and Andrew Pitt filled third and fifth place positions, the pair being surrounded by Parkalgar Honda's Miguel Praia in fourth and Eugene Laverty in sixth.

Suzuki's Barry Veneman lifted himself up to seventh place, ahead of Yamaha's Michele Pirro, while Gianluca Nannelli ensured all five manufactures are represented inside the top ten in ninth position.

With just two seconds covering Lascorz in first down to Anthony West in 18th, this year's Supersport Championship is expected to be one of the closest yet.

More about this year's form book will be revealed when the riders return for one more day of testing tomorrow.

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Asher - Unregistered

January 26, 2009 9:58 AM

luks like the new kawasaki has come fast straight from the box........... well done lascorz n gud luck kawasaki!!!!!!!!!! really feel bad for the riders selection in WSB though.

Maro - Unregistered

January 24, 2009 10:22 PM

Sincerely, it is good news for all WSS fans. I am one of them and I am really pleased to see another brand among front-runners of this class. I hope this year's championship will be much closer than the previous one. Good job, Kawasaki! I hope they will get some podiums and wins this season.

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