Laconi Fifth, Toseland Ninth in First Oschersleben Qualifying For Ducati Fila Oschersleben (Germany), Friday 28 May 2004: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) missed out on the provisional front row of the grid in Friday's World Superbike qualifying at ...
Laconi Fifth, Toseland Ninth in First Oschersleben Qualifying For Ducati Fila
Oschersleben (Germany), Friday 28 May 2004: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) missed out on the provisional front row of the grid in Friday's World Superbike qualifying at Oschersleben after he crashed out with a few minutes remaining.
The Frenchman, points leader and winner of four Superbike races this year, was quickest at the first split but then crashed out at the fast triple left-hander. While Regis made his way back to the pit garage, Chili (PSG-1 Ducati), Martin (DFX Ducati), Haga (Renegade Ducati) and Corser (Petronas) all went quicker and he had to settle for fifth place.
"That was not perfect!" declared an unhurt Laconi after the session. "I just lost the rear under braking and it was a very fast crash at the entry to the very fast triple but I'm OK. When I saw the rear of the bike go, I just let go and the bike went straight into the tyre wall. I was on for a quicker time when I crashed but we still have to work hard to find something more for tomorrow because the bike is still not turning well in the corners."
Team-mate James Toseland was relatively pleased with his first day performance, in which he finished ninth quickest. He lapped solely on race tyres in the afternoon qualifying session and set a satisfactory race pace.
"We started out with both bikes the same as this morning, when I had a good feeling" declared Toseland, "and now we're nearly there because I've got quite a comfortable setting on the bike. I'm doing more laps than I usually do in the session and that's helping quite a lot. I didn't use a qualifying tyre at all because the race tyres seem to be working quite well. I followed Haga round and he was pulling away on some points of the track so I've got to improve a bit there."
TIMES: 1. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) 1'28.740; 2. Martin (DFX Ducati) 1'28.875; 3. Haga (Renegade Ducati) 1'29.020; 4. Corser (Petronas) 1'29.076; 5. Laconi (Ducati Fila) 1'29.156; 6. Schulten (Honda) 1'29.297; 7. Sanchini (Kawasaki) 1'29.440; 8. Vermeulen (Honda) 1'29.489; 9. Toseland (Ducati Fila) 1'29.516 ; 10. Haslam (Renegade Ducati) 1'29.589.
TV COVERAGE Eurosport (Europe, via satellite): Sunday 30 May, 2200-2245 WSBK (highlights), 0000-0030 WSS (highlights). La 7 (Italy): Saturday 29 May, 1745-1850 Superpole (delayed); Sunday 30 May, 1600-1840 WSBK 1, WSS, WSBK 2 (delayed).
Lanzi (Ducati Breil) Down in Twentieth Position After Friday World Supersport Qualifying
Oschersleben (Germany), Friday 28 May 2004: Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Breil) was twentieth quickest on the provisional starting-grid for Sunday's fifth round of the World Supersport championship.
Despite trying a series of components and several different tyres, for the moment the 22 year-old Italian is struggling to get to the front, but with seventh to twentieth covered by less than one second, there is definite margin for improvement.
"Here it's a bit more difficult than Monza, that's for sure" declared Lanzi, "because the others seem to already be on the pace and for us it's the first time we've been here.
"We're missing out a bit with the set-up so tomorrow we'll try a few more things, but despite this I'm still pretty confident because until the others put on a softer tyre I was in around eleventh place and they won't be racing on those tyres.
"We managed to improve our time over this morning but unfortunately the others improved even more and we're a bit off the pace for the moment."
TIMES: 1. Charpentier (Honda) 1'29.644; 2. Muggeridge (Honda) 1'29.961; 3. Parkes (Honda) 1'30.453; 4. Curtain Yamaha) 1'30.961; 5. Fujiwara (Suzuki) 1'30.716 ; 6. Foret (Yamaha) 1'30.760; ... 20. Lanzi (Ducati Breil) 1'31.836.