LACONI (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES SUPERB DOUBLE WIN IN MISANO CAULDRON Misano Adriatico (Italy), Sunday 26 June: A splendid double win for RÃ©gis Laconi thrilled a large Santamonica circuit crowd today and re-launched the Ducati Xerox Team rider's ...
LACONI (DUCATI XEROX) TAKES SUPERB DOUBLE WIN IN MISANO CAULDRON
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Sunday 26 June: A splendid double win for Régis Laconi thrilled a large Santamonica circuit crowd today and re-launched the Ducati Xerox Team rider's ambitions in this year's championship. At the half-way point of the season, Laconi has now closed the gap on leader Troy Corser (Suzuki) to 92 points with six rounds left. In a sweltering Misano (air temperature hovering around 32° and track 53°), the French rider scored two dominant wins, finishing twice on the top of the podium together with Australians Chris Vermeulen (Honda) and Corser (Suzuki) in that order. Team-mate James Toseland also rode two determined races but had to settle for two fourth places.
"This is a great day for us because Misano is always one of our home circuits. There were a lot of people from Ducati here today and a lot of our fans around the circuit" declared Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali. "We know that the competition in Superbike has improved a lot this year and that for sure we're going to have to work really hard during the rest of the season, but today Laconi rode two extraordinary races and fully deserved the wins".
"This was the second double win of my career, but my first this year and I am so happy" declared Laconi. "Ducati have done a great job to help me win these races today. They were both really hard because of the conditions but the second race was even more so. In particular the last five laps were terrible and I just wanted to finish because really I couldn't do any more, I was just sliding everywhere and I slowed down so much at the finish because I was so tired. A big thanks to Ducati and thanks to my team, we did a great job today and this double win is for them!"
"I rode really hard in both races" commented James. "In the second we made a slight change but it didn't make things much better. Unlike Régis I've never been unbelievably fast around here for some reason, which is my problem and I know I have to sort that out. I was good in a few places but I didn't get the best feeling all weekend and it was a bit frustrating for me out there today. Coming home in fourth was not the plan but that was all I could get and I couldn't do any more. I've had worse days and two fourths are not bad results but I have to feel a bit disappointed. I might have had a podium if the first race hadn't been stopped".