Front Row Start For Laconi at Brands -- Toseland Down in Twelfth Place in Superpole Brands Hatch (UK), 31 July 2004: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) clinched third place on the grid for tomorrow's round 8 of the World Superbike Championship at...
Front Row Start For Laconi at Brands -- Toseland Down in Twelfth Place in Superpole
Brands Hatch (UK), 31 July 2004: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) clinched third place on the grid for tomorrow's round 8 of the World Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on the factory Ducati 999 F04 as Australian Steve Martin (Ducati DFX) powered to his third pole position of the year.
In the morning, Laconi crashed at Paddock Hill Bend but then got on his second bike to set the quickest time in the final qualifying session, which set him up for his good performance in Superpole.
"I didn't do a very good Superpole lap after making a small mistake on the back straight, but I am pleased because I feel good on the bike and am happy with the race setting" declared Laconi. "The best thing for Brands is to start on the first row because it's not easy to pass. I think I made a good job today and it was not perfect but I hope for two good races tomorrow. I crashed this morning in the second session before the compression at the bottom of Paddock Hill Bend. It was a fast crash and I arrived on my back, which hurts a bit but I'm OK."
His British team-mate James Toseland, who had improved to fifth quickest in qualifying, made a mistake in Superpole and slipped down to twelfth position on the grid.
"I touched the kerb on the inside of the fast right and nearly lost it, that was it my mistake. It was a big enough moment to spoil everything on my lap" commented Toseland. "It was a pity because after the changes we made this morning I feel a lot happier with the bike. Yesterday it couldn't get any worse but today we changed the offset, the fork springs, the rear spring, the length of the bike and I also had a couple of Weetabix this morning!
"We know the parameters of the bike, it was a gamble but the changes that we made solved everything I was complaining about. The races will be tough but despite there being only a short run down to Paddock for the start, there are only a few guys running at my race pace so I should be up there tomorrow."
Row 3 Start For Lanzi (Ducati Breil) in Brands Supersport
Brands Hatch (UK), 31 July 2004: Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Breil) will start tomorrow's seventh round of the World Supersport Championship from the third row of the grid after qualifying eleventh in today's second and final session at Brands Hatch.
The 22 year-old Italian was able to knock one and a half seconds off his Friday time but just missed out on a top 10 position by one thousandth of a second.
"I said yesterday that if I could qualify in the top 10 then I would have been pleased with the result. Unfortunately we just missed out by one thousandth of a second. However it's OK because we have an excellent race pace and the team has worked really well over the past couple of days.
"We have made a lot of progress, not necessarily regarding our position but above all in our pace on race tyres and this makes me hopeful for a good race tomorrow.
"I've opted for the softest race tyre as always, hopefully I can get a good start and get up with the front-runners immediately."