Misano: Ducati provisional qualifying report

LACONI (DUCATI FILA) SETS PROVISIONAL POLE IN WET MISANO SUPERBIKE SESSION Misano Adriatico (Italy), Friday 16 April 2004: Ducati Fila's Regis Laconi led the field in today's opening qualifying session for the San Marino World Superbike ...

LACONI (DUCATI FILA) SETS PROVISIONAL POLE IN WET MISANO SUPERBIKE SESSION

Misano Adriatico (Italy), Friday 16 April 2004: Ducati Fila's Regis Laconi led the field in today's opening qualifying session for the San Marino World Superbike Championship round at Misano Adriatico, which was held in dreadful conditions. Team-mate James Toseland was not so fortunate, the British rider unable to get to grips with the wet surface and having to settle for thirteenth quickest time.

The afternoon session was hit by constant rain but the 28 year-old French rider outclassed the rest of the field, setting his lap times easily and confidently in the wet on the Santamonica circuit. Laconi dominated the hour from start to finish, recording a time of 1'51.160, three tenths of a second ahead of the surprising Petronas duo of Chris Walker and Troy Corser.

"I'm very happy because I know I'm normally always very fast in the wet" declared Laconi. "Before coming here I was quite afraid if it was wet after my performance at Valencia but today I was fine in my mind and could concentrate on setting a good time. With Ernesto Marinelli and the team we found a good solution and settings, I was able to push hard and I did 17 laps before coming into the box, but most of all I enjoyed riding in the wet out there today. I didn't want to make a mistake this time so I started slowly. I went out on my run, felt the grip was not so bad, started to know where the track was better or worse and then the feeling was good".

Toseland (Ducati Fila) was slightly disappointed with his performance in the wet but is confident he can improve tomorrow. "It's been a bit of a disappointing day but we had a few problems and I wasn't getting the feel there at all at the start of the session" declared Toseland. "We've just been working on it, we were getting there slowly but the session finished and we didn't get the bike really comfortable in these conditions and before you know it the day's over.

"If it's dry tomorrow, it's a completely new ball game but if it rains we'll be OK. The tyre I chose for the wet did quite a few laps and I went a second faster in the last outing so now we know which direction to go in, we'll be OK tomorrow" he added.

TIMES: 1. Laconi (Ducati Fila) 1'51.160; 2. Walker (Petronas) 1'51.509; 3. Corser (Petronas) 1'51.965; 4. Vermeulen (Honda) 1'52.010; 5. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) 1'52.820; 6. Martin (DFX Ducati) 1'52.981; 7. Haslam (Renegade Ducati) 1'53.076; 8. Bontempi (Suzuki) 1'53.716; ... 13. Toseland (Ducati Fila) 1'54.443.

TV COVERAGE: Eurosportnews (pan-Europe, via satellite): Sunday 18 April, 1200-1645 SBK Race 1 + SS + SBK Race 2 (live); Eurosport (pan-Europe, via satellite) 0015-0045 highlights. La 7 (Italy): Saturday 17 April, 1710-1815 Superpole (delayed). Sunday 18 April, 1600-1830 SBK Race 1 + SS + SBK Race 2 (delayed).

LANZI (DUCATI BREIL) EIGHTH IN OPENING QUALIFYING FOR MISANO SUPERSPORT

Misano Adriatico (Italy), Friday 16 April 2004: Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Breil) set eighth quickest time in the opening qualifying session for the San Marino World Supersport Championship round at Misano Adriatico.

In rainy conditions, the 22 year-old Ducati Breil Supersport rider was placed fourth for much of the session but then slipped down four places in the final hectic few minutes.

"Eighth place means row 2 on the grid so I'm pretty pleased with today's performance" commented Lanzi.

"We still have to improve the set-up of my 749R, because this afternoon I didn't exactly have the right feeling in the wet and the rear of the bike was sliding around a lot.

"Maybe conditions won't improve much tomorrow so it was important to set a good time in this session. At least we'll start the race on row 2 if it's pouring down" he concluded.

TIMES: 1. Fujiwara (Suzuki) 1'51.189; 2. Parkes (Honda) 1'51.253; 3. Muggeridge (Honda) 1'51.266; 4. Curtain (Yamaha) 1'51.852; 5. Chambon (Suzuki) 1'51.914; 6. Corradi (Honda) 1'52.134; 7. Bussei (Ducati 749R) 1'52.386; 8. Lanzi (Ducati Breil 749R) 1'52.814; etc.

TV COVERAGE: Eurosportnews (pan-Europe, via satellite): Sunday 18 April, 1200-1645 SBK Race 1 + SS + SBK Race 2 (live); Eurosport (pan-Europe, via satellite) 0015-0045 highlights. La 7 (Italy): Saturday 17 April, 1710-1815 Superpole (delayed). Sunday 18 April, 1600-1830 SBK Race 1 + SS + SBK Race 2 (delayed).

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Troy Corser , Lorenzo Lanzi