Ocschersleben: Team Ducati first qualifying report

Xaus and Hodgson (Ducati Fila) claim provisional sixth and seventh in Germany. Ruben Xaus and Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) claimed provisional sixth and seventh times respectively in the opening qualifying session for Sunday's Round 5 of the World...

Xaus and Hodgson (Ducati Fila) claim provisional sixth and seventh in Germany.

Ruben Xaus and Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) claimed provisional sixth and seventh times respectively in the opening qualifying session for Sunday's Round 5 of the World Superbike Championship at Oschersleben, Germany.

Ruben was the quicker today as both Ducati Fila riders had to get to grips with scorching temperatures. "Qualifying was quite good, it's a difficult track and you need to find a good set-up to get results here" declared Ruben. "With my qualifying tyre I found some other guys in the middle of the track and then my second tyre wasn't as good as the first, so probably I could have been quicker. I also used a race tyre and my lap time was good, the feeling is not so bad, we just need to work with the front a bit more because here it's a hard track for the front".

Neil changed his set-up in the afternoon but this didn't produce the expected results and the championship leader will revert to his previous settings for tomorrow morning's second and final qualifying session.

"With race times we're there and no one is faster" commented Neil. "The only problem was that from the morning to the afternoon we went in the wrong direction, trying something that didn't really work. You've only got an hour and in the end we found that the morning set-up was better. The times were more or less the same, it was just that I had to push much harder in the afternoon. We didn't use 'qualifiers' and my time was on a race tyre so I'm pretty satisfied. Tomorrow we'll go back to the morning set-up and fine-tune that".

TIMES: 1. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) 1'27.503; 2. Toseland (HM Plant Ducati) 1'27.814; 3. Walker (HM Plant Ducati) 1'27.984; 4. Laconi (NCR Ducati) 1'28.004; 5. Lavilla (Suzuki) 1'28.030; 6. Xaus (Ducati Fila) 1'28.099; 7. Hodgson (Ducati Fila) 1'28.213; 8. Martin (DFX Ducati) 1'28.235; etc.

TV COVERAGE : Eurosport (pan-European) - Sunday 1 June, Race 1 2245 (delayed), Race 2 2345 (delayed). RAI (Italy) - Monday 2 June, 0050 (highlights).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Julian Thomas, Ducati Corse Press Officer, tel: +39 051 6413167; fax: +39 051 6413183; cell: +39 348 3861787; e-mail: julian.thomas@ducati.com

WEBSITE: For more information and photos, check out our website: www.ducati.com/racing

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Neil Hodgson , Ruben Xaus