Monza: Ducati Saturday report

LACONI TAKES FRONT ROW START FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM AT MONZA WITH TOSELAND ONE ROW BEHIND Monza (Italy), Saturday 7 May: Ducati Xerox Team riders Regis Laconi and James Toseland both produced positive performances today in the second and final...

LACONI TAKES FRONT ROW START FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM AT MONZA WITH TOSELAND ONE ROW BEHIND

Monza (Italy), Saturday 7 May: Ducati Xerox Team riders Regis Laconi and James Toseland both produced positive performances today in the second and final day of qualifying for round 4 of the World Superbike Championship at Monza. Frenchman Laconi showed no ill-effects from his Valencia crash by slotting in third quickest time of 1m47.885s in Superpole, while his British team-mate James Toseland received a confidence boost with a row 2 start after clocking eighth quickest time in 1m48.695s.

Laconi was particularly satisfied with his Superpole performance after struggling to set good times on qualifying tyres during the day.

"We did a good job this weekend, especially to try to be fast over one lap, because in today's two sessions we had big problems to do one lap on the qualifying tyre and in fact I set my best time on race tyres this morning" declared Regis. "We found some new settings for Superpole and the bike was then a lot better to ride. OK, the two Suzuki guys were too fast but I did a good lap time. We will see for tomorrow but I'm also happy about my lap times on race tyres and I am feeling good. Now it's time for Ducati to come back and win, for sure it won't be easy but we are in Monza, with all the Ducati fans behind me so I will certainly try my best tomorrow".

Toseland has been back in the groove all weekend with a positive showing in all practice and qualifying sessions, and although his Superpole lap only netted him eighth place, he is feeling confident for the race.

"My Superpole lap was a bit disappointing really because I had a big slide coming out of the Parabolica on my exit lap and started my one lap way too slow so that was it for me. I'm feeling confident about the race however because we had a good long-run in the afternoon's free practice session on race tyres. A front-row start is not paramount here with all the slipstreaming so row 2 is OK and we've certainly got a chance of a good result. I really love riding around this circuit, it's the home of Ducati so we know we've got to do well tomorrow."

-www.ducati.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Laconi Régis