Laguna Seca: Ducati first qualifying report

Laguna Seca (USA), 9 July 2004: Ducati Fila riders Regis Laconi and James Toseland got their California weekend off to a steady start with third and sixth quickest times respectively in the opening World Superbike qualifying session at the ...

Laguna Seca (USA), 9 July 2004: Ducati Fila riders Regis Laconi and James Toseland got their California weekend off to a steady start with third and sixth quickest times respectively in the opening World Superbike qualifying session at the spectacular Laguna Seca circuit.

Championship leader Laconi bolted on a softer rear tyre in the final part of the session to set third-quickest time behind provisional polesitter Martin (DFX Ducati).

"I tried to make the bike comfortable for me to ride but the main change we made was to the rear tyre" commented Regis. "We switched from a hard one to a softer one about twenty minutes from the end and it was a lot faster. The last lap I did with the same tyre and it had already done 13 laps so I am quite happy with its performance."

"The feeling with the bike is OK, the main problem was the back which is coming a lot better now but I'm sure we'll make more progress tomorrow. Today basically I got good feedback from the bike and the tyre, and when you see that you feel good in the mind" concluded Laconi.

Toseland took a little time to adapt in qualifying but was generally also quite pleased with his Friday performance.

"It was a good session, although it took a few laps at the beginning to try and to find a comfortable setting on the bike. But we made a couple of changes, a stiffer front fork and a different linkage on the rear and it helped dramatically. I also moved the handlebars slightly closer in like the GP guys and that seemed to make a bit of a difference.

"For me the softer tyre on the rear is the best solution but let's not forget that the race is 25 laps, so we'll see tomorrow. Pirelli have produced a couple of soft compounds for here and the softer one seems to be the best."

"Everything seems to be going in the right direction and I'm happy with the consistency I achieved on the race tyres - I did high 27s/low 28s most of the day" concluded Toseland.

TIMES: 1. Martin (DFX Ducati) 1'27.396; 2. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) 1'27.415; 3. Laconi (Ducati Fila) 1'27.593; 4. Vermeulen (Honda) 1'27.625; 5. Haga (Renegade Ducati) 1'27.729; 6. Toseland (Ducati Fila) 1'27.787; 7. Corser (Petronas) 1'27.903; 8. Borciani (DFX Ducati) 1'27.908; etc.

TV COVERAGE: Eurosport (Pan-European) - Sunday 11 July, 2030-2100 CET, Superpole (delayed); 2100-2200 Race 1 (live), 0030-0130 Race 2 (live). La7 (Italy) - Sunday 11 July, 0100-0200 Superpole (live), 2355-0030 Race 1 (delayed), 0030-0135 Race 2 (live).

-ducati-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Laconi Régis