Misano: Ducati race report

A Win and a Second Place for Laconi (Ducati Fila) in Two Exciting WSBK Races at Misano - Tenth and Sixth for Toseland Misano Adriatico (Italy), Sunday 18 April 2004: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) finally launched his World Superbike championship ...

A Win and a Second Place for Laconi (Ducati Fila) in Two Exciting WSBK Races at Misano - Tenth and Sixth for Toseland

Misano Adriatico (Italy), Sunday 18 April 2004: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) finally launched his World Superbike championship challenge in a big way at the Misano Adriatico circuit with two superb races in front of 45,000 spectators. The 28 year-old French rider won the first, which was stopped six laps from the end due to the rain, holding off Troy Corser (Petronas), before picking up more championship points in race 2 with second place.

But it was the second race that demonstrated Laconi's extraordinary determination. After choosing 'wets' for the race, Regis led all the way on a drying track until the last lap, when he was passed by Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati). The Italian had opted for an intermediate rear tyre, which proved to last the pace better on a drying track in the 25-lap race.

"In race 1 I went slowly at the beginning because of the damp track. Then I realised that I was faster than the rest so I went to catch them one by one. The last lap was so dangerous and it was a good solution to stop the race" declared Laconi. "The second race was really difficult because I was in the lead for 24 laps and then Chili passed me on the back straight on the final lap. We went for full wets because we thought it was going to rain again. Chili went for an intermediate rear, and he caught me on the last lap. I am very happy because I couldn't do much more today with the tyres I chose. I was sliding the rear around all over the track!. Finally I got the results I wanted to kick start my championship!"

Two cautious races from the fifth row of the grid for Ducati Fila team-mate James Toseland. A tenth and a second place in difficult conditions gave the British rider a boost for the next rounds of the championship.

"I couldn't do much more from 20th place on the grid" he declared. "There is only one dry line and it's difficult to pass because when you go offline it's damp. I should have had eighth in race 1 but Pedercini fell off in front of me, I had to avoid him and then the other two guys came past. In race 2 I went from 20th to 6th but unless you rely on people's misfortune you can't do any better than that. It was just one of those weekends really, I had to get as many points as I can and keep in touch with the championship."

RACE 1: 1. Laconi (Ducati Fila); 2. Corser (Petronas); 3. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati); 4. Haga (Renegade Ducati); 5. Vermeulen (Honda) ; 6. Walker (Petronas); ... 10. Toseland (Ducati Fila). RACE 2: 1. Chili; 2. Laconi; 3. Martin (DFX Ducati); 4. Haga; 5. Haslam (Renegade Ducati); 6. Toseland ; etc.

POINTS (after 3 of 11 rounds): (Riders) 1. Chili 97; 2. Toseland 77; 3. Laconi & Vermeulen 70; 5. Haga 69; 6. McCoy 55; etc. (Manufacturers) 1. Ducati 150; 2. Petronas 71; 3. Honda 70; 4. Kawasaki 36; 5. Suzuki 32; 6. Yamaha 16.

Lanzi (Ducati Breil) Sixth at Misano in Supersport Thriller After Row 4 Start

Misano Adriatico (Italia), Sunday 18 April 2004: Lorenzo Lanzi took his Ducati 749R Breil to a positive sixth place in an exciting third round of the World Supersport Championship at Misano Adriatico.

On a track made difficult by the rainy and wet conditions, the 22 year-old Italian started from fifteenth position on the grid and passed numerous riders during the early stages of the race, crossing the line at the end of lap 2, a position he held for three more laps.

Unfortunately for Lanzi, the track dried out during the 23 lap race and the young Ducati Breil rider had to settle for sixth place overall.

"I made a great start but then it stopped raining!" declared Lanzi. "I'm really disappointed because we put on a couple of softer tyres as the sky still looked menacing before the start. If it had continued to rain, I could have got on the podium today.

"Unfortunately I had to settle for sixth place because in the last five laps there was no more tyre left. Luckily the others were a long way behind but I'm a bit disappointed not to have got onto the podium. However starting from fifteenth on the grid and finishing sixth is a good result."

RESULTS: 1. Muggeridge (Honda); 2. Curtain (Yamaha); 3. VD Goorbergh (Yamaha); 4. Fujiwara (Suzuki); 5. Corradi (Honda); 6. Lanzi (Ducati Breil); etc.

POINTS (after 3 of 10 rounds): (Riders) 1. VD Goorbergh 57; 2. Curtain 47; 3. Muggeridge 37; 4. Fujiwara 34; 5. Lanzi & Foret (Yamaha) 30; etc. (Manufacturers) 1. Yamaha 65 ; 2. Honda 59 ; 3. Suzuki 35; 4. Ducati 30; 5. Kawasaki 8.


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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Lorenzo Lanzi , Laconi Régis