Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
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DUCATI XEROX TEAM IN ACTION AT QATAR: LACONI FOURTH QUICKEST -
TOSELAND ON THE PACE BUT CRASHES

Losail (Qatar), Sunday 20 February: Rgis Laconi and James Toseland (Ducati
Xerox Team) wrapped up their preparations for the 2005 World Superbike
Championship with fourth and tenth quickest times respectively as the
FGSport-organised pre-season tests at the Losail circuit in Qatar drew to a close.

All the WSBK contenders were again able to lap in perfect conditions today and
accumulate a further five hours of valuable practice time prior to the race next
Saturday. Both Laconi and Toseland were among the front-runners as the Suzuki
pairing of Yukio Kagayama and Troy Corser ended up first and second fastest.

Day 2 saw Toseland suffer a nasty highside right after the British rider had set
a quick lap of 2m02.639s early in the afternoon session. The world champion was
going through the fast right-hander turn 13 when he lost the rear of his Ducati
999F05 and was catapulted into the air. Toseland landed heavily and suffered
bruising to his left elbow and right upper backside.

I was going into the second of the three successive fast right-handers and the
rear let go explained Toseland. I just looped over and landed on my side. Ive
never been up that high before!. Everythings OK, I just need a couple of days
rest, thats all and then Ill be back. It s a pity really, because the bike
felt a lot better this afternoon and it was unlucky to cancel out the progress
we had made.

Rgis Laconi made a major improvement today during his long-run to move into
fourth. He then consolidated his position in the afternoon with a lap of
2m01.827s, a time he set on the one Pirelli qualifying tyre available for each
rider.

We worked very hard, the most important thing today was to have the durability
in the front tyre and I am very happy with that after setting a good time on lap
17 of the long-run in the afternoon. We have to find a bit more speed now that
we have durability, but the feeling is coming good and we made good progress
from yesterday. Like everyone else we put a soft tyre on in the end and the lap
time was good. We did a lot of testing but its very nice to be fast at the
finish. Now we have to wait and see what will happen on Saturday, declared
Laconi.

The opening round of the 2005 world championship at the Losail circuit gets
underway later this week, with free practice and qualifying taking place on
Thursday and Friday and the two 18-lap races scheduled for Saturday.

OFFICIAL TIMES:

 1. Kagayama (Suzuki)        2m01.480s
 2. Corser (Suzuki)          2m01.554s
 3. Cardoso (Yamaha)         2m01.797s
 4. Laconi (Ducati Xerox)    2m01.827s
 5. Gimbert (Yamaha)         2m01.956s
 6. Silva Alberola (Yamaha)  2m02.194s
 7. Walker (Kawasaki)        2m02.442s
 8. Borciani (Yamaha)        2m02.584s
 9. Haga (Yamaha)            2m02.591s
10. Toseland (Ducati Xerox)  2m02.639s
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