Joan Lascorz is hoping he will be better prepared for the fifth round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park after travelling to Japan for private testing.
The Spaniard missed the vast majority of pre-season testing with the Kawasaki team due to injuries sustained in his Silverstone accident several months earlier. Despite this, Superbike rookie Lascorz has shown comparatively well on the ZX-10R this year compared to more experience team-mate Tom Sykes.
Even so, Lascorz is visiting Autopolis in order to get more mileage on the bike before heading to the American round of the 2011 WSBK championship with a better understanding of the machine.
“The idea of testing in Japan [was] to try some new ideas and give some feedback. Our bike is so young and has more potential than we have been able to demonstrate so far.
“The track at Miller is exciting. The altitude means there is less power, but that is the same for everybody. The track has some fast corners that I like very much, so let us see if we can make it an easy bike to change direction with and then we can go as fast as the best ones.
Acknowledging the challenges of his move from Supersport to Superbike, Lascorz is nonetheless certain Kawasaki is developing a winning package.
“The team, Kawasaki, my crew chief and I are all learning the set-up steps we should avoid and the steps that give us something positive. Is not been easy for me to be competitive immediately, with no winter test, a new bike and new staff to work with, but I'm quite sure we are working with passion and motivation to improve race by race. We are preparing the base for a great future winning bike.”