Monza: Ducati Saturday qualifying notes

Laconi (Ducati Fila) Powers To Third Pole Position of The Year - Toseland Starts From Row 2 With Sixth Quickest Time Monza (Italy), Saturday 16 May 2004: With a time of 1'48.258 in Superpole, Regis Laconi clinched a third pole position of the ...

Laconi (Ducati Fila) Powers To Third Pole Position of The Year - Toseland Starts From Row 2 With Sixth Quickest Time

Monza (Italy), Saturday 16 May 2004: With a time of 1'48.258 in Superpole, Regis Laconi clinched a third pole position of the season aboard his Ducati 999 Factory '04, putting the Frenchman amongst the favourites for the win in the fourth round of the World Superbike championship at Monza.

Laconi lines up on the front row of the grid for the two races with the young Australian Vermeulen (Honda), local hero Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) and Japan's Haga (Renegade Ducati) alongside, while James Toseland (Ducati Fila) will start from row 2 after qualifying sixth behind the other Ducati Renegade rider, Haslam.

"My Superpole lap was smooth but I felt immediately that the front tyre wasn't perfect" declared Laconi. "In fact I lost the front at Ascari and as a result a little bit of time, if it hadn't been for that I could have got under 1m48s but I am happy anyway. The bike's race setting is good, my lap time on race tyres is good and we will see what happens tomorrow. We have been working well this weekend to get a good feeling here with the bike. Monza is a great place to race at , there is always a big fight with everyone. This track is so fast but my bike is so fast also and I am not worried about the speed!"

"My Superpole lap was not so good, I had a few minor problems here and there and was a bit ragged but that's not the problem" commented Toseland. "We're still trying to find out what's wrong and the right direction to go in to solve the problem and improve my 'feeling' with the bike. With the engineers we're having a look at the telemetry to try and get the best combination at the front and the back. The tyres are not a problem, but I don't feel 100% comfortable on the bike. It's frustrating for everyone and more so for me because I know I can win but I'm not able to express my potential out there."

STARTING-GRID: 1. Laconi (Ducati Fila) 1.48.258; 2. Vermeulen (Honda) 1'48.594; 3. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) 1'48.655; 4. Haga (Renegade Ducati) 1'49.152; 5. Haslam (Renegade Ducati) 1'49.259; 6. Toseland (Ducati Fila) 1'49.422 ; etc...

TV COVERAGE Eurosportnews (Europe, via satellite): Sunday 16 May, 12.00 - 16.45 Superbike 1, Supersport, Superbike 2 (live); Eurosport (Europe, via satellite): Sunday 16 May, 00.00 (highlights). La 7 (Italy): Sunday 16 May, 1600 Superbike 1 (delayed), 1650 Supersport (delayed), 1730 Superbike 2 (delayed).

LANZI AND GUARESCHI (DUCATI BREIL) QUALIFY NINTH AND THIRTEENTH FOR TOMORROW'S WORLD SUPERSPORT RACE AT MONZA

Monza (Italy), Saturday 15 May 2004: The two Ducati Breil riders Lorenzo Lanzi and Vittoriano Guareschi, have qualified in ninth and thirteenth positions respectively for tomorrow's fourth round of the World Supersport Championship at Monza.

"Today the conditions changed, it was a lot warmer and we had to struggle a bit" declared Lanzi. "I also continued to use both the bikes, which had completely different set-ups, and it wasn't easy to change from one to the other. However now we know which bike to use for the race. I was the only rider to lap on my own; in the last few minutes I tried to get a tow but there wasn't anyone near me, and unfortunately I slipped down from fifth to ninth. I am disappointed to have missed out on row 2, hopefully I'll get a good start tomorrow so I won't lose touch with the front-runners."

"I stopped out on the furthest point of the circuit with a technical problem in the first part of the session and it took me quarter of an hour to get back to the pits from Lesmo on the world's slowest scooter!" commented Guareschi. "I got on the other bike but the set-up wasn't entirely to my liking. I still managed to set a good time, knocking almost one second off yesterday's mark, but I couldn't do much more than that. I am happy with what I have done here this weekend, because I haven't raced for a couple of years. I hope I can now get as far to the front as possible starting from thirteenth on the grid."

STARTING-GRID: 1. Muggeridge (Honda) 1'51.624; 2. Charpentier (Honda) 1'52.651; 3. Foret (Yamaha) 1'52.671 ; 4. VD Goorbergh (Yamaha) 1'52.824; 5. Fujiwara (Suzuki) 1'52.842; 6. Parkes (Honda) 1'53.121 ... 9. Lanzi (Ducati Breil) 1'53.698 ... 13. Guareschi (Ducati Breil) 1'54.280.

TV COVERAGE Eurosportnews (Europe, via satellite): Sunday 16 May, 12.00 - 16.45 Superbike 1, Supersport, Superbike 2 (live); Eurosport (Europe, via satellite): Sunday 16 May, 00.00 (highlights). La 7 (Italy): Sunday 16 May, 1600 Superbike 1 (delayed), 1650 Supersport (delayed), 1730 Superbike 2 (delayed).

-www.ducati.com

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