LACONI (DUCATI XEROX TEAM) SHADOWS CORSER (SUZUKI) ON DAY 1 OF VALENCIA WORLD SUPERBIKE TESTING Valencia (Spain), Saturday 12 March: Regis Laconi (Ducati Xerox Team) was just a fraction slower than Qatar winner and early pace-setter Troy Corser...
LACONI (DUCATI XEROX TEAM) SHADOWS CORSER (SUZUKI) ON DAY 1 OF VALENCIA WORLD SUPERBIKE TESTING
Valencia (Spain), Saturday 12 March: Regis Laconi (Ducati Xerox Team) was just a fraction slower than Qatar winner and early pace-setter Troy Corser (Suzuki) on the opening day of a two-day official World Superbike Championship test session at Valencia, Spain. The Frenchman's time of 1m36.147s put him ahead of the Ten Kate Honda duo of Chris Vermeulen and Karl Muggeridge.
Team-mate James Toseland was eighth quickest today on his Ducati 999 after a crash in the afternoon session meant that he was the only top rider who was unable to improve on his morning's time.
"We worked a lot on the bike settings today because we didn't test in the dry on this track in February and I am quite pleased with the way things went" declared Laconi. "We're still missing a lot of grip at the rear and the bike is sliding around quite a lot, but we changed the suspension to try and get the best possible compromise without losing too much elsewhere on the bike. I set a good time on qualifying tyres, but I didn't get the chance to try another tyre because another rider had an engine problem in front of me and I didn't want to take any risks".
"I don't know the reason for the crash because I was going through the chicane on my 'in' lap and the bike just went round and slammed me on the floor" declared Toseland. "I was a bit frustrated about that because there were no problems with the test until that setback. Everyone has been struggling with the grip today, I've never witnessed that around here in the dry. We stuck the qualifiers on and the time certainly looks better, while on race pace we're not too far away but as far as everything else goes, it's just been a bit frustrating".
<pre> TIMES: 1. Corser Suzuki 1m35.911s 2. Laconi Ducati Xerox 1m36.147s 3. Vermeulen Honda 1m36.411s 4. Muggeridge Honda 1m36.913s 5. Cardoso Yamaha 1m37.191s 6. Haga Yamaha 1m37.256s 7. Gimbert Yamaha 1m37.447s 8. Toseland Ducati Xerox 1m37.476s 9. Kagayama Suzuki 1m37.498s 10. Pitt Yamaha 1m37.543s etc.