Kawasaki head to the latest round of the World Supersport Championship full of confidence as they look to build on their encouraging performance during the opening meeting of the season at Phillip Island.
Although an eighth place finish for Joan Lascorz didn't quite live up to his second position on the grid, it remains the manufacturer's best Supersport result since 2007.
Having been unable to test the ZX-6R at Phillip Island prior to the weekend, unlike their closest rivals, a more level playing field at Losail greets them this time.
Furthermore, Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara have good records in Qatar, the former almost winning last year's race on a Honda, while the latter won back in 2005 and finished third in 2007.
“I am not sure how we can go in Qatar until we get there,” Lascorz said. “For sure the gap between the top bikes and us, even though we are early in the development cycle of this bike, is now small. The level is very high in this class so everything counts, and if you have not had the time to spend on engine development on a new bike then it is very hard.”
“I have had good results at Losail before and I like it because it has some fast corners,” Fujiwara added. “The long straight is a big factor in this race, but we will see how things are. We made progress in Phillip Island and worked though a lot of different machine settings. We want to score good points at this race and move forward again.”