Ducati Fila 1-2 in Second Race at Oschersleben Puts Toseland Back at The Top of The Points Oschersleben (Germany), Sunday 30 May 2004: James Toseland (Ducati Fila) moved back to the top of the World Superbike championship points table with a...
Ducati Fila 1-2 in Second Race at Oschersleben Puts Toseland Back at The Top of The Points
Oschersleben (Germany), Sunday 30 May 2004: James Toseland (Ducati Fila) moved back to the top of the World Superbike championship points table with a brace of second places at Oschersleben. Noriyuki Haga (Renegade Ducati) and Toseland's Ducati Fila team-mate Regis Laconi were the two race winners, the Frenchman taking the flag in race 2 after Haga retired with a mechanical problem.
Toseland rode a determined race 1 to finish second behind Haga and was elevated to second in race 2 when the Japanese rider retired.
"It's a strange championship so far" commented Toseland "but I'm happy that I'm consistently fast now. We had a few problems in qualifying but got them sorted and I'm really happy with the way the bike's working. I just lost the lead to Haga trying to get past the other guys but I pushed hard and by the time I got into a rhythm I was struggling like everyone else.
"Seconds are doing my head in at the moment, I need a first!" he added on the podium of race 2. "I really want to win the championship and for the moment consistency is paying off but I'm not winning races!"
In race 1 Laconi entered the pit-lane on lap 6 for his 'ride-through' penalty, which dropped him to 15th, but the Frenchman recovered to finish sixth overall. In the second race he was poised to make a final attack on Haga when the Japanese rider pulled off on lap 23.
"When I started I was third and when I came into the pit-lane I was happy to see the situation at the front" declared Laconi. "I was faster than Chili and I could have been up there with Haga. The team did a great job in getting me to control the speed in the pits, I could only go at 80 km/h, no more and it was perfect. After that I tried my best on the track but sixth was OK."
"Eight laps from the end of the second race I thought about letting Haga go, but then I thought again and went after him. I almost caught him and then he had this problem. Everyone did a great job this weekend so a big thanks to the mechanics, engineers, the team, Fila, Shell Advance, and all our other sponsors for their support".
RACE 1: 1. Haga (Renegade Ducati); 2. Toseland (Ducati Fila); 3. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati); 4. Corser (Petronas); 5. Martin (DFX Ducati); 6. Laconi (Ducati Fila); etc. RACE 2: 1. Laconi; 2. Toseland; 3. Haslam (Renegade Ducati); 4. McCoy (Xerox Ducati); 5. Nannelli (Ducati); 6. Sanchini (Kawasaki), etc.
POINTS (after 5 of 11 rounds) : (Riders) 1. Toseland 157; 2. Laconi 155; 3. Chili 113; 4. McCoy 107; 5. Haga 94; 6. Vermeulen 92; etc. (Manufacturers) 1. Ducati 250 ; 2. Petronas 112 ; 3. Honda 99; 4. Kawasaki 64; 5. Suzuki 56; 6. Yamaha 26.
Lanzi (Ducati Breil), Tenth in Oschersleben Supersport Race, Promoted To Fifth After Post-Race Exclusions
Oschersleben (Germany), Sunday 30 May 2004: Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Breil) finished tenth on the road in Sunday's round 5 of the World Superbike championship at Oscherleben, but was then promoted to fifth after six Hondas in the top 10 were excluded for non-conformity in a wave of post-race disqualifications
The 2003 Italian Superstock champion made another great start from the fifth row of the grid after qualifying twentieth, and after gaining several places in the early stages of the race, was then boxed in behind Corradi (Honda) for the remaining laps.
"I'm a bit disappointed with the result today because I expected to do better" declared Lorenzo. "Although I started from row 5, I was lapping at the same pace as the guys around me, but then I got stuck behind Corradi for the rest of the race.
"I was just unable to get the drive out of the corners to get close enough to him. After six or seven laps I just didn't have enough grip. I had been really worried about my front tyre, but in the end it was the rear that had no grip.
RESULT: 1. Chambon (Suzuki); 2. Fujiwara (Suzuki); 3. VD Goorbergh (Yamaha); 4. Kellner (Yamaha); 5. Lanzi (Ducati Breil); 6. Veneman (Suzuki).
POINTS (after 5 of 10 rounds): (Riders) 1. VD Goorbergh 89; 2. Muggeridge (Honda) 87; 3. Fujiwara 54; 4. Chambon 51 ; 6. Lanzi 42. (Manufacturers) 1. Honda 92 ; 2. Yamaha 90 ; 3. Suzuki 73 ; 4. Ducati 45 ; 5. Kawasaki 17.