LACONI AND TOSELAND (DUCATI XEROX TEAM) FOCUS ON RACE SET-UP IN VALENCIA FIRST QUALIFYING Valencia (Spain), Friday 22 April: Ducati Xerox Team riders Regis Laconi and James Toseland finished the first day of qualifying at Valencia in eleventh...
LACONI AND TOSELAND (DUCATI XEROX TEAM) FOCUS ON RACE SET-UP IN VALENCIA FIRST QUALIFYING
Valencia (Spain), Friday 22 April: Ducati Xerox Team riders Regis Laconi and James Toseland finished the first day of qualifying at Valencia in eleventh and twelfth positions today as both riders opted not to make a qualifying attack and instead focus on their race set-up.
Before the last five minutes of the one-hour afternoon session began, the Frenchman and his British team-mate were both up near the top of the timesheets and will concentrate on setting a good qualifying time in tomorrow morning's second and final session.
"OK, the result today is not too good, but we have been working very hard for the race" declared Laconi. "I'm quite happy with the settings we got with the bike, and before everyone else put the qualifier on I was second. I thought I could risk not using qualifiers and stay in a high position but the others all improved in the last few minutes and I slipped down to eleventh, but that's OK. Troy was still faster than me but I feel that we still have margin to improve. This track is very strange, the hotter it gets, the tyre seems to work less well. Tomorrow for sure it will be cooler and a lot better for the grip".
"We've got a bit of a problem with the suspension travel of the front forks and we haven't sorted it out yet so the bike felt a bit harsh in that session" commented James. "The tyre is not allowing us to get away with it and as things go on the feeling gets worse. Everyone has similar problems with grip so as far as race times go, we're all pretty similar. Lap times are slower because of the temperature, tomorrow will be faster for sure. The less grip there is on the tyre, the less the suspension is allowed to work. At the moment it's a bit frustrating because the times are that close and I feel sure that when we sort the problem out, we'll be up there at the front".