WSS: Podium target for Kawasaki pair

The Provec Motocard Kawasaki team head to Assen keen to build on their strong showing at Valencia, one that saw Katsuaki Fujiwara score the manufacturer's first top five World Supersport result in 19 races.

Although it was Joan Lascorz that set the pace in qualifying, and led the race early on, it was the experienced Japanese rider that went on to claim Kawasaki's best result since Fabien Foret finished third in Brno in 2007.

The team are looking for more of the same in Assen, with Fujiwara keen to capitalise on a raft of new parts being developed for the ZX-6R.

“We had a very good experience in Valencia, with a much better race pace. We can still improve some areas of the new bike but it is already very good. Our base setting is already higher than it was when we started the season and I hope we can have a strong practice and qualifying at Assen, and get away with the first group.”

Lascorz, who has qualified on the front row for two of this year's three races, is keen to repeat the third place finish he managed at Assen last season.

“Our bike was good in Valencia, and we took a lot from the test we did there before the race weekend. It was disappointing not to score points in the race but there was nothing we could do about it. We just have to make the most of the limited practice time at Assen to get a good race set-up. I like the track and I did well there last year so I hope to do well again.”

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