Joan Lascorz began preparing for the 2011 World Superbike season this weekend with a three day test at Almeria. Lascorz was a contender for the World Supersport title in 2010, but could only manage a third place finish due to an accident in August. Lascorz spent nearly a month in the hospital, but is now ready to start thinking about the 2011 season.
Lascorz will be moving up in class this year, as he joins Tom Sykes and Chris Vermuelen on the Kawaski World Superbike team. Vermuelen, Sykes, and Lascorz will be riding the newly minted Kawasaki ZX-10R during the 2011 season.
“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.”
Lascorz is still recovering from his injury, and wasn’t at full strength for the test in Spain. But Lascorz if hopeful that he’ll be ready for the Sepang tests in February, and should be at 100% by the time the WSBK season starts.
“I had a much better feeling from the bike also,” Lascorz said. “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.”
Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com