BOTH DUCATI XEROX TEAM RIDERS ON THE PACE IN EXCITING FIRST QUALIFYING SESSION AT IMOLA Imola (Italy), Friday 30 September: Both Ducati Xerox Team riders James Toseland and Regis Laconi were right on the pace in an exciting Friday first...
BOTH DUCATI XEROX TEAM RIDERS ON THE PACE IN EXCITING FIRST QUALIFYING SESSION AT IMOLA
Imola (Italy), Friday 30 September: Both Ducati Xerox Team riders James Toseland and Regis Laconi were right on the pace in an exciting Friday first qualifying session at Imola. Title contenders Troy Corser (Suzuki) and Chris Vermeulen (Honda) were the only riders to dip under 1m50s and they were followed by Lausitz winner Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati SC Caracchi) who is running a third factory Ducati 999F05 bike with additional Xerox logos.
Toseland, on good form throughout the session, was on course for a top 3 time when he lost the front of his Ducati 999F05 on the entry into the Variante Bassa five minutes before the end and crashed. A visit to the Clinica Mobile revealed a slightly swollen right hand but no broken bones.
"The session was going really well, we tried something new with the front fork that seemed to work" explained Toseland. "I put the qualifier in and was confident of getting in the top 3 positions. I did a good lap then went into the last chicane. I was pushing hard, I felt it go, go, go, then caught it but it just kept on going. There were ten yards to the line and the bike nearly set third fastest time on its own! I was sliding along the floor and Chili was right behind so I tried to get up but didn't realise I was still rolling along at 50 mph! I just tripped up, bumped my head, slapped my hand on the floor and bent my fingers back. I still have to work on the acceleration into the second Rivazza left but generally the bike feels good all around the circuit".
Règis Laconi returned to the track for the first time since damaging the tendons in his right arm one month ago at Assen but appeared to show few ill-effects as he eased his way back into the action, ending up tenth quickest.
"I feel pretty good and I'm just pleased to be back on the track after a month's inactivity" commented Laconi. "With my arm I'm not riding the way I usually do, I try to compensate with the rest of my body, but all things considered things are not that bad. We worked calmly today, I wanted to try a different tyre but so far we haven't seen much of a positive result. I only did 14 laps because we changed a lot of things. I'm losing a bit of time in the final part of the circuit so we have some work to do to improve in that sector. But I'm pretty happy overall".