Laconi (Ducati Fila) Third, Toseland Eighth in Oschersleben Qualifying Laconi Faces Ride-Through Penalty in Race One Tomorrow Oschersleben (Germany), Saturday 29 May 2004: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) and James Toseland qualified third and eighth...
Laconi (Ducati Fila) Third, Toseland Eighth in Oschersleben Qualifying
Laconi Faces Ride-Through Penalty in Race One Tomorrow
Oschersleben (Germany), Saturday 29 May 2004: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) and James Toseland qualified third and eighth respectively on the grid for Sunday's World Superbike round 5 at Oschersleben as Troy Corser (Petronas) powered to the twenty-ninth pole position of his career with the only sub-1m28s lap of the weekend.
The Frenchman faces a tough first race tomorrow as he has to undergo a ride-through penalty of 85 km/h in the pitlane after the FIM decided to penalise the Ducati Fila team for the fact that the engine of his 999 F04 failed to cut out immediately after his crash in today's second free practice session. The tilt switch, tested by the team before the beginning of the practice session and right after the bike returned to the pits after the crash, was actually functioning according to the rules, but it did not cut off during the crash probably due to the dynamics of the accident.
However Ducati Fila accepts this unprecedented decision and will make every attempt tomorrow to help Regis, in addition to James, score the best possible results.
"It's been quite an eventful weekend with two crashes yesterday and today and an engine problem this afternoon and I've also had to work hard on the bike to find the right setting" declared Laconi. "I'm not so happy with the way things have gone but that's racing and third today was actually very good. We changed the settings a lot for this track because it's quite different, but I didn't know the settings enough to go fast for one lap in Superpole. However I'm very happy with my race set-up and my race tyre even though race 1 will be very tough because of this penalty" he added.
James Toseland, sixth after the two qualifying sessions, shaved a tenth of his time in Superpole but slipped to eighth and starts tomorrow's two races from row 2. "My Superpole lap was quite average really but that's not so important because I have improved a lot over the weekend and I'm very happy with my race set-up" explained Toseland. We did a 1m29s flat on the race tyre and the bike is feeling more comfortable now. I'm pretty happy where I am at the moment, I've got the tyre sorted out and the bike is pretty much to my liking. Now I've just got to ride the thing out there, I feel it's coming out of the corners much better and we're moving forward."
STARTING-GRID: 1. Corser (Petronas) 1'27.687; 2. Haga (Renegade Ducati) 1'28.197; 3. Laconi (Ducati Fila) 1'28.339; 4. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati) 1'28.376; 5. Vermeulen (Honda) 1'28.592; 6. Martin (DFX Ducati) 1'28.678; 7. Walker (Petronas) 1'28.758; 8. Toseland (Ducati Fila) 1'28.795; etc.
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) Remains Twentieth as Supersport Pace Hots Up
Oschersleben (Germany), Saturday 29 May 2004: Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Breil) will start tomorrow's fifth round of the World Supersport championship at Oschersleben from row 5 of the grid after qualifying in twentieth position.
Lanzi, European Superstock runner-up in 2003, was unable to make a further improvement in the last few minutes of second qualifying and had to stay with his provisional row 5 grid slot from yesterday, despite knocking half-a-second off his time.
"Last year with the more powerful 999s Superstock I lapped six-tenths of a second quicker and that was what I was aiming for today" declared Lanzi.
"That time would have enabled me to start amongst the top 10, but unfortunately in the last few minutes, when I went out to try and improve my time, I put on a tyre that did not perform in a satisfactory way..
"This has created a little bit of confusion also for the choice of tyre I'll use in the race, I'll do some more tests in the warm-up to get a better idea.
"Pity, I'll just have to make another good start like at Monza and get the best possible result tomorrow" Lanzi added.
TIMES: 1. Muggeridge (Honda) 1'29.288; 2. Charpentier (Honda) 1'29.644; 3. Curtain (Yamaha) 1'30.014; 4. Foret (Yamaha) 1'30.088; 5. Stamm (Suzuki) 1'30.106; 6. Parkes (Honda) 1'30.340; ... 20. Lanzi (Ducati Breil) 1'31.340.
TV COVERAGE Eurosport (Europe, via satellite): Sunday 30 May, 2200-2245 WSBK (highlights), 0000-0030 WSS (highlights). La 7 (Italy): Sunday 30 May, 1600-1840 WSBK 1, WSS, WSBK 2 (delayed).