Joan Lascorz has begun preparations for his World Superbike Championship debut in 2011 by completing a three-day test with Kawasaki at Almeria.
Lascorz has been out of competitive action since August when he was involved in a horrific accident during the World Supersport race at Silverstone, the Spaniard forced to spend a month in hospital while he recovered from a myriad of injuries.
Nonetheless, having established himself as a title contender for Kawasaki at WSS level up to that point, Lascorz was duly promoted to the manufacturer's World Superbike effort, where he will join Tom Sykes and Chris Vermeulen in the expanded Paul Bird-helmed team.
Now almost fully fit again, Lascorz – who trialled the road bike at Losail recently - travelled to Almeria to get his first taste of the WSBK-specification Kawasaki ZX-10R, where he was delighted with the first impressions of the bike.
“I felt very good at this test but I must get a little more strength back to push the bike to his limits,” he said. “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.”
Despite missing the final three races of the season, Lascorz was still able to secure third position in the standings with one win and eight podiums to his name.