Steady Start For Ducati Fila Duo in Brands Opening Session
Brands Hatch (UK), 30 July 2004: The Ducati Fila pairing of Regis Laconi and James Toseland got off to a steady start in the first qualifying session for round 8 of the World Superbike championship with sixth and fifteenth quickest times around the 4.197 km Brands Hatch circuit.
Despite setting only sixth quickest time, Laconi used the one-hour session to good effect and was confident with both the set-up of his 999 F04 and his choice of tyre for the race.
"I'm feeling quite confident, we were working well in qualifying and I was only using one tyre, because I was happy with that one. I did 23 laps with it and it performed well" declared Regis. "We also tried something on the rear shock and it was a bit better and I think we can improve tomorrow. The bike is handling well all the way round the circuit, but in the second split I'm losing a bit of time. I know why and I know where because I need more traction when opening the gas but I am feel sure we can find something extra for tomorrow."
Championship leader Toseland was disappointed with his Friday qualifying performance, but is confident he and his Ducati Fila team will sort things out for tomorrow.
"Today was a bit frustrating really, we've just got to get the bike handling better, that's all" commented James. "The bike doesn't really feel comfortable, the rear is skating going in and coming into the faster corners the front is diving. We just need to find a better set-up. I don't even feel fast, I felt like I was four seconds off the pace, instead it was just one-and-a-half!. We've tried some things that have given no improvement so we need to find a better solution for tomorrow."
TIMES: 1. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) 1'27.990; 2. Nannelli (Ducati Pedercini) 1'28.246; 3. Haga (Renegade Ducati) 1'28.425; 4. Borciani (DFX Ducati) 1'28.518; 5. Pedercini (Ducati Pedercini) 1'28.525; 6. Laconi (Ducati Fila) 1'28.726; 7. Haslam (Renegade Ducati) 1'28.734; 8. Corser (Petronas) 1'28.795 ; 9. Vermeulen (Honda) 1'28.869; 10. Bussei (Ducati) 1' 28.978; .... 15. Toseland (Ducati Fila) 1'29.430.
Uphill Struggle For Lanzi (Ducati Breil) in Supersport Opening Session
Brands Hatch (UK), 30 July 2004: Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Breil) finished this afternoon's opening qualifying session for the seventh round of the World Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch in a lowly nineteenth place.
The 22-year-old Italian, who finished an excellent fourth on his last outing in Britain at Silverstone six weeks ago, found the going a bit tougher at Brands Hatch and he struggled with a lack of grip around the 4.197 km circuit.
"It was hard here today, much harder than Silverstone and a bit of an uphill struggle" Lanzi commented. "There are a lot of things we have to work on, we know that this is not our true position so tomorrow we're going to make a big effort to improve.
"I'm losing a lot in the second 'split', which is the long sequence of fast right-handers, where the bike is leaning over a lot of the time, so that's where we're penalized. I just can't get on the gas in that part of the circuit and the rear of the bike is sliding around quite a lot.
"We've got a few things to try out tomorrow with the springs and the suspension settings, so I'm sure we'll be much further up the timesheets at the end of the day."
TIMES: 1. Muggeridge (Honda) 1'29.200; 2. Foret (Yamaha) 1'29.554; 3. Curtain (Yamaha) 1'29.625; 4. Charpentier (Honda) 1'29.654 ; 5. Parkes (Honda) 1'29.811 ; 6. Fujiwara (Suzuki) 1'30.281; 7. Kellner (Yamaha) 1' 30.450; 8. Chambon (Suzuki) 1'30.454; .... 19. Lanzi (Ducati Breil) 1' 31.990.