PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW FOR LANZI ON DUCATI XEROX TEAM DEBUT - TOSELAND SEVENTH Lausitz (Germany), Friday 9 September: Lorenzo Lanzi made a 'supersub' debut for the injured Regis Laconi in the Ducati Xerox Team at the Lausitzring as he powered to...
PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW FOR LANZI ON DUCATI XEROX TEAM DEBUT - TOSELAND SEVENTH
Lausitz (Germany), Friday 9 September: Lorenzo Lanzi made a 'supersub' debut for the injured Regis Laconi in the Ducati Xerox Team at the Lausitzring as he powered to a provisional front row grid position in first qualifying. The 23-year-old was right on the pace from the morning free practice session and finished the day with fourth quickest time of 1m40.144s, just a fraction away from provisional poleman Chris Vermeulen (Honda). James Toseland was just two-tenths of a second off the front row in seventh place with a time of 1m40.276s, set on race tyres, as the British rider was unable to make the best use of his qualifiers in the final few minutes.
"Today was great, I was always up with the front-runners throughout the entire session" declared Lanzi. "It was a pity about the end of the session because I was clearly quicker but there was traffic on the track, and that gives me hope that I can be more competitive. The team has done a great job, it managed to put me at ease both with them and with the bike in just two hours. I am the first Ducati rider and on the front row, I couldn't ask for more. On a single lap there isn't much difference between the F05 and the 999RS that I usually ride, but on your race laps, when the tyres start to wear, the F05 consumes them better and you can keep a higher pace, which allows you to stay up at the front. It's easier to ride and it allows me to enjoy myself, which is important".
"I was really disappointed with myself on the qualifier, I got a bit of traffic on the first lap and the tyre didn't really hold out on the second lap so I was quite surprised where I ended up because the time Vermeulen did would for me be quite comfortable to reach if I put a good lap together" commented Toseland. "I did my time on race tyres, got a bit of traffic, did three 40.5s on the trot and then went straight on at the chicane, but I'm quietly confident. The circuit is actually quite physically demanding, totally different to Assen and you have to get your head round feeling a bit slow, because it is slow and tight compared to Assen. The things I've learned at Assen and the previous round in my riding are all coming together, everything is going to plan and I'm comfortable on the bike now".