Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
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RECORD TOP SPEED OF 316 KM/H FOR DUCATI XEROX RIDERS AT PHILLIP
ISLAND: LACONI THIRD AS TOSELAND FOCUSES ON RACE SET-UP

Phillip Island (Australia), Friday 1 April: Rgis Laconi turned in the third
quickest time in todays opening qualifying session for the second round of the
World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island as his team-mate James Toseland
concentrated on gaining a good set-up for Sundays two races. Both Ducati Xerox
Team riders showed blistering speed on their factory 999 machines today, Laconi
establishing an outright WSBK championship record of 316 km/h around the
spectacular 4.4 km island track in the morning, a top speed that was equalled
later in the day by Toseland.

Despite running a fever throughout the day, the 29 year-old Frenchman s time of
1m34.084s put him on the provisional front row of the grid behind the two
Suzukis of Aussie Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama from Japan but a fraction in
front of a clutch of five more Australian riders on their home circuit.

I am quite pleased with what we did today, we got through a lot of work
declared Laconi. I did a lot of laps but I have no more strength left in me
because Ive had a high temperature since this morning. Nothing to worry about
however because I dont feel sick. Our 999 bikes are going really quick here but
we know that in top speed we are second to no one. Still a few more things to do
to get the bike the way I like it but Im sure well make further progress
tomorrow. At the end I put on a qualifying tyre, just to be on the safe side
because you never know what the weather will be like tomorrow. We didnt come
testing here this winter and the bike is very different from last years so we
virtually have to start from scratch. I really love this track, I might not be
Australian but lets just pretend that I am, OK?.

Toseland was the only top rider not to fit a qualifying tyre at the end of the
session and ended up fifteenth quickest, but the reigning champion was not too
concerned, having preferred to focus on his set-up for Sundays two races.

It looks worse than it is because on race tyres we are in the top 3! he
joked. We havent used a qualifier, everyone else in front of me did so Im
feeling pretty good. I just stayed out there on a race tyre and put the work in.
Around here youve got to know what the bike is going to do underneath you, and
I remember from previous years that qualifying is one thing but the last six
laps are another. Ive worked hard today, I put a lot of laps together and my
consistency is really good so I am happy. Ignore the timesheet, we can put a
qualifier in at any time tomorrow and beat those times. Im feeling good, every
time I cross the line, Im pleasantly surprised with the times Im doing.

TIMES:

 1. Corser (Suzuki)          1m33.191s
 2. Kagayama (Suzuki)        1m33.787s
 3. Laconi (Ducati Xerox)    1m34.084s
 4. Pitt (Yamaha)            1m34.094s
 5. Muggeridge (Honda)       1m34.364s
 6. Vermeulen (Honda)        1m34.405s
 7. McCoy (Petronas)         1m34.491s
 8. Martin (Petronas)        1m34.499s
15. Toseland (Ducati Xerox)  1m35.344s
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