Row 2 start for Europeans Lanzi and Laconi - Bostrom out of event Alton (Virginia) - October 9, 2004: Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's three-rider team kicked off the Virginia International Raceway weekend with promising performances from ...
Row 2 start for Europeans Lanzi and Laconi - Bostrom out of event
Alton (Virginia) - October 9, 2004: Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's three-rider team kicked off the Virginia International Raceway weekend with promising performances from Europeans Regis Laconi and Lorenzo Lanzi, but also with the unfortunate withdrawal of American Eric Bostrom from the event.
Laconi and Lanzi, racing for the first time in AMA Superbike competition, qualified on the second row for tomorrow's races. The Ducati 999 pilots saw a hectic day, with two 30-minute practice sessions and one qualifying period held in cool and clear fall conditions at the scenic Virginia track.
World Supersport rider Lorenzo Lanzi qualified seventh with a time of 1:25.892, despite a late crash that left him unhurt. "Lorenzo was doing really well. He was up in fourth place with just a few minutes to go," explained Racing Manager Tom Bodenbach. "Unfortunately, they had to bring his bike back on the crash truck."
Despite never haven ridden at Virginia International Raceway before, World Superbike rider Regis Laconi qualified eighth with a time of 1:26.556. "Regis was doing well for his first time on the track. He hit the curb with his knee so we ended his qualifying session a little early," said Bodenbach.
"With the short practices, we have to go step-by-step to make sure we don't go too far or do something wrong," commented Laconi. "I am new to this track and these tires, and we had only 30 minutes in each session. For the race, I think I will be happy. We will see tomorrow, but we have changed some small things on the bike for the warm-up. This track is a lot like the European tracks. We are still learning, trying to get a bike that will run in the 1:25s."
"The knee is okay," continued the Frenchman. "At first we were a little worried but it is not a problem."
Eric Bostrom attempted to come back from injuries sustained in his Road Atlanta crash, but the Pikes Peak winner is out after declaring himself unfit to race.
"I'm really disappointed not to be racing this weekend," said Bostrom. "I just didn't have the strength to ride fast laps. What makes it even worse is that we really improved the bike for Atlanta. The Michelin tires were working great and they really suit the Ducati well. The team had made some progress with the handling and I was looking forward to getting the results I think we are capable of earning."
The 28-lap (100 km) races are scheduled to take place tomorrow at 12:00 and 2:30 p.m. EDT.