Silverstone: Ducati preview

Ducati Fila Duo Head to Silverstone for 400th World Superbike Race Silverstone (UK), 10 June 2004: The World Superbike Championship notches up the 400-race mark this weekend at the legendary Silverstone circuit in Northants, England as the...

Ducati Fila Duo Head to Silverstone for 400th World Superbike Race

Silverstone (UK), 10 June 2004: The World Superbike Championship notches up the 400-race mark this weekend at the legendary Silverstone circuit in Northants, England as the Ducati Fila duo of Regis Laconi and James Toseland try to help maintain the Italian manufacturer's stranglehold on the championship.

Current Ducati Fila team manager Davide Tardozzi was the man who took the first-ever World Superbike championship win, back in 1988 at Donington and he will be urging on the latest generation of Ducati factory riders from the pit-wall as they aim to conquer the fast and flowing Formula 1 circuit.

After a brace of second places at Oschersleben, James Toseland comes back to Britain for round 6 with a slender championship lead, but the 23 year-old from Sheffield knows that a win in front of his home fans will do his championship challenge no harm at all.

"We didn't have such a good run in the second race at Oschersleben but we certainly got the bike working much better so I'm looking forward to riding at Silverstone" Toseland declared.

"We've had a few problems up to now and consistency has meant that I'm leading the championship but now it's time to win some races and I can't see any better place to do it than Silverstone in front of my home crowd."

Regis Laconi lost the championship points lead in Germany but the Frenchman has collected more wins than any other rider this year - 5 - and is surely firm favourite for the honours around the former airfield circuit.

"I really love this track, it's a place where the rider can really make all the difference. It's so fast apart from the last part, the right and the left which is far too slow" declared Laconi.

"We had a difficult weekend in Germany and were happy to finish with good points. I will be trying to win the Silverstone race for sure but there is not much of a difference at the top, so my job is to get as many points as possible."

LANZI (DUCATI BREIL) TAKES ON THE ULTRA-FAST SILVERSTONE TRACK

Silverstone (UK), 10 June 2004: Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Breil) comes to the 'Home of British Motor Racing' aiming to make up for the disappointment of Oschersleben, when he could only finish tenth on the road.

Promoted to fifth following a wave of post-race exclusions involving several top 10 finishers, Lanzi again found himself back in tenth after that decision was overturned by the FIM this week.

The 22 year-old Italian, who put in some extra mileage with his 749R when he tested components at Mugello on Wednesday, is under no illusions as to the size of his task on the ultra-fast Silverstone circuit.

"I really like the Silverstone track, I was going for a win last year in Superstock when I had an electrical problem so I hope to have more luck this year.

"My Ducati 749R has got a powerful engine and an excellent top speed so we should be closer to the front than in Germany, where we struggled a bit on the twisty track.

-Ducati-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Lorenzo Lanzi , Davide Tardozzi , Laconi Régis