Joan Lascorz says he will be stepping into the unknown when he makes his World Superbike race debut at Phillip Island this weekend after conceding he is still yet to fully recover from a shoulder injury.
The Spaniard has battled his way back to fitness after suffering multiple injuries in an accident during the World Supersport race at Silverstone in August and has posted some impressive lap times aboard the PBM Kawasaki ZX-10R during testing.
However, while Lascorz – who was fifth fastest overall after the two day test at Phillip Island this week - is pleased with his transition to Superbike machinery, he admits he isn't certain how his damaged shoulder will fare in race conditions.
“I am really happy with the bike and the team,” said Lascorz, who did suffer a fall on the second day of action. “The transition to riding a Superbike around Phillip Island compared to a Supersport bike has been smooth and steady. Not easy, but we have made progress and set a decent lap time.
“I had basically the same crash as Tom, at the hairpin. I was pushing only a little bit but we hit the limit and fell. I landed on my right shoulder so I did not hurt the left one, which is still not quite back to full strength. I am fine, no problems.
“My only question now is having enough power in my upper body to push the bike around the way I want in the races. I do not know what is possible for me on Sunday, because I still have to build up my left shoulder to full strength. We will see how it goes. We just need to work on our strategy for the races now.”