Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)

Valencia (Spain), 18 November 2004: One month after the end of the 2004 season,
Ducatis championship-winning World Superbike team got its 2005 campaign
underway with a three-day test session involving several of the top SBK teams at
Valencia in preparation for next year.

Reigning champion James Toseland and team-mate Rgis Laconi were present at the
Spanish circuit to test updated versions of the Ducati 999 Factory bikes for the
first time in a session organised by the championships exclusive tyre supplier

In addition to tyre development for next year, the two Ducati riders also tested
new electronic components, including a Marelli EFI engine management system,
together with new hlins front forks.

Toseland, who was lapping in some difficulty due to a dislocated right thumb
following a recent accident on an enduro bike, was third quickest behind
pace-setter Troy Corser (Suzuki) and Laconi.

It feels good to be back on the bike again declared Toseland, and Valencia is
a good place to go testing. I cracked a bone in my right thumb last week so Ive
been in a bit of discomfort these days, but these things happen and it wont be
an issue in the future.

Even though I only had one full day on the 2005-spec bike, the changes make it
feel quite different. The front forks are one of the biggest improvements and
the electronics are also a step in the right direction so now Im looking
forward to a full test at Jerez.

After getting to within one-tenth of a second of Corsers best time this
afternoon, Laconi also expressed his satisfaction with the progress that had
been made by Ducati during the tests.

I gave my best these three days and we really did a lot of work commented
Rgis. Were already faster with this bike than the 2004 version and everybody
is working hard to make it even faster.

With the new hlins front forks the feeling is already very good, and Pirelli
brought along a new front tyre for everyone, which was a big help as it was
exactly what I wanted.

I wasnt surprised to see Corser up at the front but I wanted to get as close
as possible to him by the end of the tests, he concluded.

Ducati Corses next World Superbike testing session will be at Jerez de la
Frontera, Spain on December 16-17.


 1. Corser (Suzuki)     136.0
 2. Laconi (Ducati)     136.1
 3. Toseland (Ducati)   136.8
 4. Pitt (Yamaha)       136.9
 5. Muggeridge (Honda)  137.2
 6. Gimbert (Yamaha)    137.3
 7. Lanzi (Ducati)      137.4
 8. Martin (Petronas)   138.5