Difficult Weekend For Ducati Fila At Silverstone As Laconi And Toseland Finish Third And Fifth After Crashing Out Of Race 1 Silverstone (Britain), Sunday 13 June 2004: Regis Laconi and James Toseland had one of the most difficult weekends of the...
Difficult Weekend For Ducati Fila At Silverstone As Laconi And Toseland Finish Third And Fifth After Crashing Out Of Race 1
Silverstone (Britain), Sunday 13 June 2004: Regis Laconi and James Toseland had one of the most difficult weekends of the year for Ducati Fila in front of 68,000 sun-baked spectators at Silverstone in round 6 of the World Superbike Championship.
Both riders crashed out of the first race after struggling with front-end grip, but then salvaged some pride and points in race 2 with a third and a fifth place respectively. With Noriyuki Haga taking the race 1 victory for Renegade Ducati and Chris Vermeulen scoring the win for Honda Ten Kate in the second race, the 400th in WSBK history, Laconi now leapfrogs over his team-mate into the points lead.
"I'm happy to be on the podium for sure but today it was very hard to follow Chris and Nori", declared Laconi. " I didn't have a good feeling all weekend with the front tyre, we basically didn't find the right setting but I tried my best in the second race; I tried to catch them for almost two thirds but in the end my front tyre was completely finished so I settled for third. In the first race I crashed at the chicane at slow speed, again without really understanding why, so I decided that third place was good enough for me and the championship."
"Race 2 was going well, I was being pulled along by the leaders and doing some good race times, only a tenth off my Superpole lap, I was comfortable and looking forward to getting on the podium in my home race after the problems I had with the front in race 1", commented James. "That was the fastest crash of my career at Abbey, I damaged my thumb and bruised my back. So I was a bit banged up and just wanted to put in a gritty performance in race 2 then Chili came past, took me out, and by the time I got back and tried to catch Haslam my tyres were starting to go off again. It's been a frustrating weekend, but I haven't lost too much in the championship due to Laconi falling in the first race."
RACE 1: 1. Haga (Renegade Ducati); 2. Vermeulen (Honda); 3. Chili (PSG-1 Ducati); 4. McCoy (Xerox Ducati); 5. Haslam (Renegade Ducati) ; 6. Martin (DFX Ducati) ; etc. RACE 2 : 1. Vermeulen ; 2. Haga ; 3. Laconi (Ducati Fila) ; 4. Haslam; 5. Toseland (Ducati Fila); 6. Martin; etc.
POINTS: (Riders) 1. Laconi 171; 2. Toseland 168; 3. Haga 139; 4. Vermeulen 137; 5. Chili 129; 6. McCoy 128; etc. (Manufacturers) : 1. Ducati 295 ; 2. Honda 144 ; 3. Petronas 128; 4. Kawasaki 76; 5. Suzuki 65; 6. Yamaha 35.
GRITTY PERFORMANCE BY LANZI IN SILVERSTONE SUPERSPORT RACE TO FINISH FOURTH
Silverstone (Britain), Sunday 13 June 2004: Lorenzo Lanzi ran a determined World Supersport championship race at Silverstone to finish fourth, just missing out on a podium finish.
Another rocket of a start from the second row powered Lanzi into second position at the first curve; and during lap 2 the 22 year-old Italian even took the lead for two corners before being re-passed again by Muggeridge (Honda).
The gap between the top 4 - Foret, Muggeridge, Parkes and Lanzi - was seven tenths of a second at the end, but Lanzi was in contention right until the chequered flag; with this result the Ducati Breil rider takes home 13 points but above all another important result for himself and the 749R after the fourth place in the Valencia season opener.
"That was a great race!", declared Lanzi. "I was the only one to keep the pace of the leading group. I'm a bit disappointed however because I finished the front tyre too early and was unable to make that final push for the podium. I was there, latched onto the exhausts of the top three, but I was just unable to attack them for third."
"At the start I immediately tried to power ahead to take advantage of the new tyre. There were some points of the circuit where I was quicker than the leaders and I was coming up right behind them, but then in the last few laps I had to settle for fourth place", concluded Lanzi.
RACE: 1. Foret (Yamaha); 2. Muggeridge (Honda); 3. Parkes (Honda); 4. Lanzi (Ducati Breil); 5. Curtain (Yamaha); 6. VD Goorbergh (Yamaha); etc.
POINTS : (Riders) 1. Muggeridge 107 ; 2. VD Goorbergh 92; 3. Parkes 69; 4. Curtain 58; 5. Foret 55; 6. Lanzi 50; 7. Charpentier 48; 8. Chambon 45 ; etc. (Manufacturers) 1. Yamaha 122 ; 2. Honda 112 ; 3. Suzuki 73 ; 4. Ducati 63 ; 5. Kawasaki 26 ; 6. Triumph 4.