Laconi Third and Toseland Seventh for Ducati Fila in Silverstone Opening Qualifier
Silverstone (Britain), Friday 11 June 2004: Ducati Fila's Anglo-French pairing of Regis Laconi and James Toseland had a satisfactory opening qualifying session ahead of Sunday's Round 6 of the World Superbike Championship, setting third and seventh quickest times respectively.
Laconi was just three-tenths of a second off the pace of provisional poleman Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) but was convinced there was more to come tomorrow.
"I'm not very happy about the front feeling for the first time this year but it's nothing to worry about because we have some different settings to test for tomorrow" declared Laconi. "We didn't test a qualifier either, we just gathered the most information possible for tomorrow when I'm sure we'll find something good. The front end is not so good all the way round the circuit and is not turning in to the corners but we're working on that to make it better tomorrow."
Championship leader Toseland was not too worried about his provisional seventh place slot as he concentrated on obtaining the best possible set-up for Sunday's race.
"I'm in seventh place but you can ignore the position to be honest" commented James. "We're consistently good on race tyres, and there is plenty more left to come. We just need to tweak a few things and then we'll be up at the front. I'm feeling quite relaxed because my lap times are good and consistent. We didn't use a qualifier in that session and I stayed out there just to get a feel for everything and see how the tyres would work over the distance. The bike feels good in the quick part of the circuit, but I need to improve in the slow bit, where I have to learn how to get round it better."
LANZI (DUCATI BREIL) GETS OFF TO GOOD START AT SILVERSTONE
Silverstone (Britain), Friday 11 June 2004: Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Breil) got his Silverstone weekend off to a good start with seventh quickest time in Friday's first qualifying for round 6 of the World Supersport Championship.
The 22 year-old Italian looked at ease around the ultra-fast Silverstone track, setting a time of 1'58.181, which qualifies him for the provisional second row of the grid, with tomorrow's final session still to come.
"It went a lot better than Oschersleben, that's for sure!" declared Lanzi. "We've got a good pace and for the moment I'm pretty pleased with our performance. Tomorrow we'll try and do everything we can to start up at the front, which is very important here at Silverstone, and then in the race we'll see.
"My 749R's top speed is excellent, we know that on fast circuits we don't have any problems, but I'm still losing a bit of time in the final part of the circuit which is too tight and slow. The bike gets out of shape when coming out of the corner because we've still got a grip problem that penalizes us a lot."