Ducati Xerox Team Superbike Test Cut Short By Rain Valencia (Spain), Tuesday 8 February: The Ducati Xerox Team's penultimate test before the start of the 2005 World Superbike championship season was cut short early in the afternoon of the ...
Ducati Xerox Team Superbike Test Cut Short By Rain
Valencia (Spain), Tuesday 8 February: The Ducati Xerox Team's penultimate test before the start of the 2005 World Superbike championship season was cut short early in the afternoon of the second day of testing as rain continued to lash the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, forcing riders and engineers to pack up early.
Cold and wet throughout the scheduled two-day test meant that very little dry-weather track time was completed, but James Toseland and Regis Laconi were both quick in these conditions and declared they were satisfied with the set-up and the handling of the Ducati 999 F05 on the wet track.
Toseland was slightly quicker than his French team-mate today, the 24 year-old from Sheffield recording a time of 1m52.3s in his 18 laps.
"It was a pity about the weather conditions because I really wanted to come here and put in some endurance lapping on the bike to sort everything out" declared the reigning world champion, "but it's not a problem and we're in a good position as we go to Qatar for two more days of testing".
"The 999 F05 is ready, we've just got to get rid of the teething problems you usually have with a new bike. There are a lot of new parts and we've got to test everything. Everything is looking good, it's just a case of having more time to do more laps", added Toseland.
Laconi, just a couple of tenths of a second slower in his 23 laps, was upbeat about his and his bike's performance despite crashing late in the morning.
"Today was OK in these conditions", declared Regis. "We were running full wets because it was raining a lot out on the track but we worked very well to improve the 999's handling and set-up in these conditions. The track was very slippery and I lost the rear on the entry to the final right-hander and had a small crash but there is no problem".
"I am happy about what we found this morning and it feels so great to work with my engineers in the team again. We've still got a few things to do but I can't wait for the season to start", he concluded.
The Ducati Xerox Team now heads to Qatar for the final two days of pre-season testing on February 18-19 in preparation for the opening round of the 2005 championship at the Losail circuit in the Arabian peninsula state on February 26.