Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
Scuderia SC Caracchi-NCR

 (Phillip Island 2005, April 1)

On the Australian circuit of Phillip Island practices have not started at the
best for Scuderia SC Caracchi riders, with a strong wind which hindered the
setting operations as well lighted the temperature of a splendid end of summer
day, with  32C of the air and 42C on the track. The 999RS Ducatis of Lorenzo
Lanzi and Fonsi Nieto are, at the moment, out of the group of riders allowed to
run the Superpole session. Better made the Supersport, with the 749R Ducati 749R
ridden by Gianluca Nannelli in 9th position after a first free practice session
spent to look for the best set up for the quick and technical Australian track.

"It has been a strange day, with good moments as well with other less happy." -
has been the final comment of Gianluca Nannelli. "We made a great work with the
team looking for a good set up, first of all in the rear, and I believe that we
found a good result. But both during the free practice in the morning and during
the afternoon qualifying the bike had a technical trouble hich forced me to stop
before the session's end. So i haven't the possibility to earn some position in
the grid. Now we are investigating  to understand what happened and remove the
trouble. The bike is very fast, we recorded the second quickest top speed and I
feel that we could be faster and faster and earn a better starting grid
position. I like this track and I'm confident to record a better lap time."

Less tranquillity in Superbike crews, where Lorenzo Lanzi suffered the same
problems he got in Valencia during the last test session, increased by the stong
wind which distorted the rider's sensibility to evalue the different setting to
test. Lanzi recorded so only the 22nd qualifying fastest.

"The machine is always in the group of the faster bikes". - said at the end of
the practices Lorenzo Lanzi, disappointed for the final result. "The situation
is quite the same as in Valencia, I have any feeling, as well during the
afternoon session I increased my performance. We have also to take into
consideration that we worked only with race tyres and, until the moment that
everyone set the soft tyres we were in 10th - 12th position. We decided to work
only with race tyres because, with only two tyrs available for the week end, we
preferred to spare them for tomorrow, hoping to get a small advantage looking
the other rider who used soft tyre today. Actually it's a pity my feeling's
missing, first of all on this track that I love. With Maurizio Perlini we are
working for a solution and tomorrow I'm confident to increase my position in the

Really nervous Fonsi Nieto who went out in the gravel during the qualifying
session, damaging the better machine and forced to stop for long time in the
garage, ending early the qualifying session.

"Unfortunately I went out in a corner, in the gravel." - said Fonsi Nieto after
the practices. "I didn't crash, but something entered the engine installed on
the better machine and I must join the pit. In the morning free practice, as
well I rode just to set the bike, I was quite satisfied. Then I lost a lot of
precious time joining the pit and setting the spare bike, so I've been not able
to score a better result, while my main problem is just that I need to practice
and practice with this bike. Now we must be totally focused in the tomorrow's
final qualifying."