Laconi (Ducati Fila) Hits Top Form at Phillip Island
Phillip Island (Australia), Friday 26 March: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) powered his Ducati 999 to the top of the timesheets in the opening qualifying session at Phillip Island after getting the best of Garry McCoy (Xerox Ducati 999) in the final few minutes.
His Ducati Fila team-mate James Toseland was less fortunate, the British youngster recording his second crash of the day at the start of qualifying to end up an unfamiliar tenth quickest.
"That was not so bad but it was very windy in the afternoon and it was so hard to make the same lap time as this morning, but it's the same for everyone" declared Laconi. "We still have some work to do because I'm not so happy with the feeling of the front of the bike. For the rest it's OK, we'll see what's happening tomorrow and if there is not so much wind, we should improve. It was good to see McCoy up there, he is at his home track but I give my best to be still at the front".
Toseland was frustrated to find himself down in tenth position on the second Ducati Fila 999. "Well, that was probably my worst day in quite a few years. I crashed twice and both times I got up wondering what happened" he explained. "I want it to be my fault when I crash so I can kick myself and find out why. I'm sure I'm not making any mistakes but I'm finding myself on the floor, so we've got to find out why and understand it and then I can alter what I'm doing wrong.
"We've tried a few things on the bike and that's made it better but there are a few places where I just don't have any feeling at all" he added. "I just want to be able to get rid of that and work on the bike and push again because there's no point in pushing if that happens. We're not far away but at the moment I feel right on the limit doing slow times and that's very frustrating. But I'm sure we'll sort things out and get the job done tomorrow."
TIMES: 1. Laconi (Ducati Fila) 1'34.068; 2. McCoy (Xerox Ducati) 1'34.494; 3. Martin (DFX Ducati) 1'35.028 ; 4. Borciani (DFX Ducati) 1'35.080 ; 5. Haga (Renegade Ducati) 1'35.346; 6. Pedercini (Ducati) 1'35.443; 7. Vermeulen (Honda) 1'35.614; 8. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) 1'35.633; etc.
TV COVERAGE: Eurosport (pan-European) - Sunday 28 March, 0400 Race 1 (live), 0730 Race 2 (live). La 7 (Italy), Saturday 27 March, 1100 Superpole (delayed); Sunday 28 March, 1400 Race 1 (delayed), 1725 Race 2 (delayed).
Further Progress For Lanzi (Ducati Breil) With Sixth Quickest Time in Australia
Phillip Island (Australia), Friday 26 March: Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Breil) made further progress with the development of the new Ducati 749R as he notched up sixth quickest time in the first World Supersport qualifying session at Phillip Island.
The 22-year-old from Cesena, Italy, who finished a superb fourth on his and the bike's World Supersport debut at Valencia, gave further evidence that they will be contenders this year with a time of 1'37.300, which earned him a provisional sixth place on the grid for Sunday's second round of the championship.
Despite a fall in the last few minutes at turn 8, Lanzi was pleased with his overall performance today.
"I was pushing a bit too hard and crashed, because I wanted to see what time I could do with this set-up" declared Lanzi. "We had already completed everything we had set out to do today so I wanted to see what I could do and I had quickest time at the split when I crashed at the fast right-hander at the back of the circuit. No problem though, I'm OK".
"We managed to complete a lot of laps in a race simulation today so our race set-up is already looking good. After the Valencia result, I thought I could be in the top 6 here, so I'm pretty pleased with the way things are going so far" he added.
TIMES: 1. Muggeridge (Honda) 1'35.994; 2. Curtain (Yamaha) 1'36.164; 3. Parkes (Honda) 1'36.585 ; 4. Charpentier (Honda) 1'36.798; 5. Fujiwara (Suzuki) 1'36.943 ; 6. Lanzi (Ducati Breil) 1'37.300; 7. Chambon (Suzuki) 1'37.589; 8. Brookes (Honda) 1'37.610 ; etc.
TV COVERAGE: Eurosport (pan-European) - Sunday 28 March, 0500 Race (live). La 7 (Italy), Sunday 28 March, 1700 Race (delayed).