Laconi Takes First Win of The Year at Phillip Island But Both Fila Ducati Riders Crash Out in Race 2 Phillip Island (Australia), Sunday 28 March: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) finally got his championship season off to the best possible start...
Laconi Takes First Win of The Year at Phillip Island But Both Fila Ducati Riders Crash Out in Race 2
Phillip Island (Australia), Sunday 28 March: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) finally got his championship season off to the best possible start with a convincing win in race 1 of the second round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, but then blotted his copybook with an unexpected crash on lap 14 of the second race while leading comfortably. Team-mate James Toseland fared little better in today's two 22-lap races, the British rider taking the final podium slot in the first after a terrific scrap with Vermeulen (Honda) and Martin (DFX Ducati), and then crashing out on lap 3 of the second. In his first-ever Superbike season, Australian Garry McCoy (Xerox Ducati) took his first win in race 2 in front of a 50,000 strong home crowd.
"I am so happy to win my first race with Ducati Fila. That's what I wanted in Valencia but it didn't come there. I didn't push so hard because the track temperature was very warm, I just preserved my tyre and tried not to destroy it," declared Regis after race 1. "I didn't make a good start, I had to pass Leon (Haslam) and also James but I think I made a good race. In the second race I just lost the front, I don't understand what happened because I was pushing hard and riding to keep the distance from the next bike. It was very strange because I'm beginning to know the tyres quite well, maybe I was pushing too hard, maybe the temperature was cooler, but for sure I'm not happy with what I did today in race 2."
James Toseland leaves Phillip Island with his championship lead intact but also disappointed with his performance. "After a few laps I was finding it difficult to put the power down in the first race but by the time Martin had caught up and passed me he was having similar problems" declared James. "I hung on to him, made a mistake with six laps to go, then Chris (Vermeulen) took Steve (Martin) and left a gap for me to pass him for third. It was a fantastic race, the last few laps were speedway-style!. "We made a slight modification to the set-up at the rear for race 2, which gave me a much better feeling. I was a bit too confident however because I went into Siberia, the rear grip wasn't there, I pushed the front too hard and it went away from me. The only thing I'm happy about in that second race is that we are getting there with the bike and I'm still leading the championship."
RACE 1: Laconi (Ducati Fila); 2. Vermeulen (Honda); 3. Toseland (Ducati Fila); 4. Martin (DFX Ducati); 5. McCoy (Xerox Ducati); 6. Sanchini (Kawasaki) ; etc. RACE 2 : 1. McCoy ; 2. Vermeulen ; 3. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) ; 4. Borciani (DFX Ducati); 5. Corser (Petronas); 6. Haga (Renegade Ducati); etc.
POINTS: (Riders) 1. Toseland 61; 2. Chili 56; 3. McCoy 55; 4. Vermeulen 55; 5. Haga 43; 6. Borciani 43 ... 10. Laconi 25. (Manufacturers) 1. Ducati 100; 2. Honda 55; 3. Petronas 42; 4. Kawasaki 27; 5. Suzuki 18; 6. Yamaha 13.
Ninth Place For Lanzi (Ducati Breil) in Phillip Island World Supersport
Phillip Island (Australia), Sunday 28 March: Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Breil) finished in ninth place in an exciting second round of the World Supersport Championship at Phillip Island, which was won on the finishing line by local rider and 'wild-card' entrant Josh Brookes from Kevin Curtain (Yamaha).
The 22-year-old Italian from Cesena started tenth, remained in that position for much of the 21-lap race and eventually finished one place higher after a damaged exhaust had put paid to any chance of moving up the field.
"I'm sorry for the team because we've done a lot of work over the last three days and we didn't need this stroke of bad luck. At the start of the race I lost a bit of time because I got caught up in the mid-field battle while the leaders pulled ahead."
"Then we had the problem with the exhaust ten laps from the end, right in the best part of the race. It was a real pity, because the leaders were not setting a cracking pace and I was lapping more or less at the same pace as them. My 749R was running well, I was riding well. We lost a lot of power and on this track power counts a lot. I'm sure we can get a good result however at Misano, which is a track I know well," concluded Lanzi.
RACE: 1. Brookes (Honda); 2. Curtain (Yamaha); 3. VD Goorbergh (Yamaha); 4. Parkes (Honda); 5. Charpentier (Honda); 6. Foret (Yamaha) ... 9. Lanzi (Ducati Breil).
POINTS: (Riders) 1. VD Goorbergh 41; 2. Foret 30; 3. Curtain 27; 4. Brookes 25; 5. Fujiwara 21; 6. Lanzi 20: etc. (Manufacturers) 1. Yamaha 45; 2. Honda 34; 3. Suzuki 22; 4. Ducati 20; 5. Kawasaki 8.