Scuderia SC Caracchi-NCR
BAD DAY IN AUSTRALIA FOR SC's RIDERS
(Phillip Island 2005, April 2)
Once more a bad day at Phillip Island for the riders of Scuderia SC Caracchi,
first of all in Superbike where the 999RS Ducatis of Lorenzo Lanzi and Fonsi
Nieto ended the qualifying session out for the Superspole group. Today too
better situation for the Supersport class, with the 749R Ducati ridden by
Gianluca Nannelli earned the seventh place in the final starting grid. Sunny day
with 32°C air temperature and 40°C on the track, once more with a strong wind.
Lorenzo Lanzi, only 27th at the end of qualifying session, is specially
mortified for his result.
"yesterday we ended the practices sure to be able to get a better result today."
- commented disappointed the rider from Cesena. "That's a mistery, but the bike
looking yesterday afternoon to be a bit better this morning was no more
performing. The weather conditions were actually the same and I don't understand
what happened. We controlled all the recorded data with other teams too and we
didn't found any anomaly. I'm really discouraged and it's not enough that during
the second free practice session, without the qualifying pression, I rode
better, I'm still far not only from the top group but also from the second row
riders. I'm really sorry for Maurizio Perlini, my chief-engineer, and the guys
which have done a big work, but we've been not able to carry out all this work
in a good result."
A bit better today Fonsi Nieto, also if his grid position, 22nd, isn't actually
exciting. The Spanish rider, as well with several setting troubles, improved
steadily his performance during all the practice sessions and now is going to
have a better feeling with his 999RS.
"My bike is always in the highest top speed machine's group". - said at the end
of the practices Fonsi Nieto. "That's a comforting thought as well I've always
improved my laptime, also if not with the improving rate I wish. Of course to
start from the sixth row isn't a happy situation, but finally it looks that, as
well with some hesitation, we started to walk along the right way."
Once more Supersport Gianluca Nannelli on his 749R recorded a positive result,
which could be however better. Nannelli focused his work on the race set up,
finding a good final arrangement which, together a top speed of 287,5 kph, lat
to be confident for tomorrow's race. Unfortunately a stupid crash, without
consequences, in the fast corner at the end of the finish line, forced him to an
early stop in the final qualifying session. Luckily any injury for Gianluca and
only small damages for the bike.
"I'm very sorry for this mistake, but luckily the damages have been very small."
- related his mishap Gianluca. "I was catching the front row and with fresh
tyres I hazarded more as allowed and I crash. However for the race I feel quite
confident. During the early part of the final session I tried a long runand I
could see that my 749R has a very good output. Thanks Franco Farnθ and the guy's
work we recorded once more the best top speed, on this track that I love that
cound be the absolute weapon."