Silverstone: Ducati race report

DUCATI XEROX DOUBLE-TEAM AT SILVERSTONE AS LACONI AND TOSELAND SHARE THE WINS Silverstone (UK), Sunday 29 May: Règis Laconi and James Toseland took a win apiece for the Ducati Xerox Team in the fifth round of the World Superbike championship in...

DUCATI XEROX DOUBLE-TEAM AT SILVERSTONE AS LACONI AND TOSELAND SHARE THE WINS

Silverstone (UK), Sunday 29 May: Règis Laconi and James Toseland took a win apiece for the Ducati Xerox Team in the fifth round of the World Superbike championship in front of a 70,000 strong crowd at the Silverstone circuit.

Frenchman Laconi scored his ninth career triumph and Ducati's first win of the year when he took the chequered flag in race 1, but it was Toseland who really set the home fans alight with a controlled but aggressive display of riding in race 2 to seal the reigning champion's first win of the year.

"Its always nice to win especially with the tough start to this season, but as I said after the first race, I never give up" declared James. "The team has worked fantastically well, thanks to Davide Tardozzi and Paolo Ciabatti for all the work they've done with me. We made a slight change from first race to second race and it was worth half a second a lap faster, the difference between finishing third and first, but it was a long race and seeing L18 after about 45 minutes is really tough!

"I did it the hard way again, letting them get away at the start and having to chip away but once I'd got on the tail, it was difficult with Nori and Troy and it took me quite a few laps to get by. I've never won before at Silverstone and that was one of my goals in life. It feels as good as I thought it would!".

Laconi won the first race from Corser but retired from the second on lap 2 when he lost the rear of his Ducati 999 and crashed out.

"I have wanted to win since the beginning of the season" said Regis. "I almost did it in Monza, but I was a bit disappointed about losing out on the final lap. Now I am very happy to win this one because it is the first victory this year. It's good because it means that Ducati are doing a great job together to get back to the front and with James on the podium it was a good result for all of us. In the last few laps I knew Troy was behind me so I tried my best not to make any mistake in all the corners. I think that if I am very clean in all the corners it becomes hard for Troy to pass. During the race I had to pass three guys to take the lead, so I rode hard and aggressive, but I am a very happy man today because we did a good job and won one more time for Ducati".

"In race 2 I was right behind Haga and Corser when I went into the last chicane and lost control of the rear of the bike and there was nothing more that I could do. It was a real pity but I will try and make up for it in front of the Italian fans at Misano".

-www.ducati.com

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Davide Tardozzi , Laconi Régis