Misano: Ducati qualifying notes

Second Place for Laconi (Ducati Fila) in Misano Qualifying - Toseland Misses out on Superpole Misano Adriatico (Italy), Saturday 17 April 2004: Just two hundredths of a second separated Regis Laconi from his third pole position of the year at ...

Second Place for Laconi (Ducati Fila) in Misano Qualifying - Toseland Misses out on Superpole

Misano Adriatico (Italy), Saturday 17 April 2004: Just two hundredths of a second separated Regis Laconi from his third pole position of the year at Misano Adriatico's Santamonica circuit. In the 50 minute extra 'wet procedure' session, the Frenchman was beaten out of pole by a fraction by Australian Steve Martin (DFX Ducati 999).

"Let's say that I am not happy for me because obviously I wanted to get pole, but I am happy anyway for Steve, who did a great lap" declared Regis. "Hopefully things will go better tomorrow, the most important thing for me is to finish the two races, maybe with two wins, and to get as many points as possible for the championship. We are working well with the team, we give everything and even though I am only second, it's good to be on the front row of the grid, and then we will see tomorrow how things go. I've got a good feeling with the bike in wet set-up, a bit less for the dry, we will see what conditions are like tomorrow."

James Toseland will start from row 5 of the grid after a disappointing final qualifying session in which he moved up into the top 10 but then slipped out of contention in the last few minutes of the session.

"I'm not happy about that at all" declared Toseland. "Basically we just got caught out by the conditions and I was unable to set a decent time in that session. We changed the settings too much during the hour, I switched from one bike to the other and then in the last few minutes I was too late in setting a time and the others passed me. This sort of thing shouldn't happen, but it did. I'll just have to see what I can do tomorrow from row 5."

STARTING-GRID: 1. Martin (DFX Ducati) 1'36.823; 2. Laconi (Ducati Fila) 1'36.848; 3. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) 1'37.237; 4. Pedercini (Ducati) 1'37.438; 5. Sanchini (Kawasaki) 1'37.515; 6. Corser (Petronas) 1'37.613; 7. Vermeulen (Honda) 1'37.891; 8. Walker (Petronas) 1'38.318; etc.

Row 4 Start for Lanzi (Ducati Breil) at Misano Adriatico

Italian rider Lorenzo Lanzi will start tomorrow's third round of the World Supersport Championship at Misano Adriatico from row 4 of the grid after a disappointing final qualifying session with the Ducati 749R.

Eighth after Friday's first qualifying, the Ducati Breil rider was in a bit of difficulty on a still-damp track and was unable to improve on his position in the afternoon's final session.

"Qualifying was rather unfortunate because at the start of the afternoon session the track was still a bit damp and we were unable to find the right set-up" declared Lanzi.

"I was only able to record the fifteenth quickest time, and I was struggling to do that as well, because my 749R was sliding around a lot at the rear.

"Today it was really difficult out there" added Lanzi.

STARTING-GRID: 1. Charpentier (Honda) 1'40.422; 2. Parkes (Honda) 1'40.662; 3. Cruciani (Kawasaki) 1'41.356; 4. Muggeridge (Honda) 1'41.365; 5. Carpacci (Yamaha) 1'41.523; 6. Curtain (Yamaha) 1'41.606; ..... 15. Lanzi (Ducati Breil) 1'42.666.

-ducati-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Steve Martin , James Toseland , Laconi Régis