Steady Start For Toseland and Laconi (Ducati Fila) at Assen
Assen (Netherlands), 3 September 2004: Ducati Fila riders Regis Laconi and James Toseland got off to a steady start at Assen, qualifying fifth and eighth quickest respectively as Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) set the pace in today's opening session.
The British rider, currently fourth in the standings, clocked a time of 2'05.096 around the 6.027 km TT circuit to take the provisional fifth slot on the grid, while his French team-mate and championship leader was a further four-tenths of a second down in eighth place.
"We worked hard today and I put two nine-lap stints in, which doesn't sound a lot but around here it is" declared Toseland. "We tested at Mugello and got a good base setting. It was nothing rocket-science but it works with what we know. We've got that comfort zone and everything is working pretty well.
"I'm the second fastest on race tyres but I think I'm consistently the fastest rider out there at the moment. Chili's just beaten me by one-tenth on a race tyre and everyone else is on qualifiers so I'm pretty happy."
Laconi commented: "I'm not completely happy but we are riding here with the new setting we had in Mugello and we still have to work and make it better. But the feeling is good and now I just have to find a good lap time.
"The only real difficulty we had was with the qualifying tyre, so we will have to sort that out tomorrow. We changed quite a few things in that session but I just have to learn more this bike with the new setting."
Lanzi (Ducati Breil) Finds The Going Tough at Assen
Assen (Netherlands), 3 September 2004: Ducati Breil rider Lorenzo Lanzi found the going tough in today's first World Supersport qualifying session at Assen.
The young Italian rider, sixth in the points standings, was unable to get the right feeling with his 749R in the one-hour session and was relegated to a lowly position on the provisional starting-grid.
Lanzi's time of 2'10.230 put him outside the top 20, four seconds off the pace of polesitter Muggeridge (Honda).
"Today was a really difficult day" declared a disappointed Lanzi. "We were convinced that we could go a lot quicker, to be honest, but it didn't turn out that way. For the moment the other guys are lapping at a far quicker pace than us and we are struggling a bit.
"Tomorrow we're going to have to do a lot of work on the set-up but I'm sure we'll get further up the grid.
"Basically I was just unable to get the right feeling with my 749R which was lacking a bit of acceleration coming out of the corners. We've still got a long way to go but I can assure you that this isn't our right position" he concluded.
TIMES: 1. Muggeridge (Honda) 2'06.249; 2. Parkes (Honda) 2'07.437; 3. Charpentier (Honda) 2'07.521; 4. VD Goorbergh (Yamaha) 2'07.597 ; 5. Curtain (Yamaha) 2'07.664; 6. Corradi (Honda) 2'08.358 ; .... 22. Lanzi (Ducati Breil) 2'10.230.