Ducati Fila Duo of Toseland and Laconi Power To Front Row Starts at Assen Assen (Netherlands), 4 September 2004: Ducati Fila riders James Toseland and Regis Laconi confirmed their positive weekend qualifying performances in Superpole to take...
Ducati Fila Duo of Toseland and Laconi Power To Front Row Starts at Assen
Assen (Netherlands), 4 September 2004: Ducati Fila riders James Toseland and Regis Laconi confirmed their positive weekend qualifying performances in Superpole to take front row grid positions for tomorrow's Dutch Round of the World Superbike championship behind Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati), winner here in 1998.
Second for Toseland and fifth for Laconi after qualifying became second and third as the British rider and the Frenchman sliced three and seven-tenths respectively off their times in the one-lap dash.
"I've always enjoyed riding here, it's just a great place to race at and I'm sure there'll be thousands of British fans here cheering me on. Hopefully I'll not let them down again!" commented Toseland. "We've been going well all weekend, apart from a mishap in free practice 2 when the brake stuck on and I fell off but we got it all back together for Superpole and I did a good lap. We're as fast as anyone on race pace and have been consistently so all weekend. I'm happy with my race tyre, we've got the bike working well, I'm feeling comfortable and the way things are going there's no reason why we can't have two good results tomorrow."
Laconi declared: "Superpole here at Assen is very special, it's very long with lots of fast corners, and you have to be very precise and not make any mistakes. My lap was a good one, it wasn't enough to beat Chili and James but I'm pleased to be starting the races from the front row. It's important to start on the front row because although it's not difficult to pass, there are a lot of changes of direction and you have to be at the front. I'm very happy with my performance this weekend because I'm learning more about the bike with the new setting and improving my riding. This afternoon we tried something different for the rear and also for the race too, so I'm feeling really good about tomorrow."
Row 6 Start For Lanzi (Ducati Breil) at Assen
Assen (Netherlands), 4 September 2004: Ducati Breil rider Lorenzo Lanzi failed to make much headway in today's second and final qualifying session for round 8 of the World Supersport championship and will start tomorrow's 16-lap race from the sixth row of the grid.
22-year-old Lanzi lowered his time by a full second but remained in the same position as yesterday, 22nd, a full three seconds off the pace of pole-sitter Muggeridge (Honda).
The Italian has been unable to find the right feeling with his 749R all weekend and now faces one of his toughest races of the year just to gain a top 10 finish.
"We came here hoping to do our best race of the season on a track that should be favourable to us but it hasn't gone well at all and we are some way off the pace" declared Lanzi.
"I did my best, the team also, but we are in difficulty a bit everywhere, with the set-up and I don't have the right feeling with the bike either to push hard.
"We certainly didn't expect to be so far behind the leaders. On a track like this, 6 kilometres long, where every curve is a quick one, if you can't remain on the pace, you lose a lot from the leaders.
"Let's hope that things will go better tomorrow in the race", concluded Lanzi.
STARTING-GRID: 1. Muggeridge (Honda) 2'06.249; 2. Charpentier (Honda) 2'06.500; 3. Pitt (Yamaha) 2'07.038 ; 4. Parkes (Honda) 2'07.052; 5. Curtain (Yamaha) 2'07.159; 6. Foret (Yamaha) 2'07.165 ; 7. VD Goorbergh (Yamaha) 2'07.301 ; 8. Fujiwara (Suzuki) 2'07.675 ; .... 22. Lanzi (Ducati Breil) 2'09.249.