(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
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LACONI AND TOSELAND (DUCATI XEROX TEAM) FOCUS ON RACE SET-UP IN
VALENCIA FIRST QUALIFYING
Valencia (Spain), Friday 22 April: Ducati Xerox Team riders Rιgis Laconi and
James Toseland finished the first day of qualifying at Valencia in eleventh and
twelfth positions today as both riders opted not to make a qualifying attack and
instead focus on their race set-up.
Before the last five minutes of the one-hour afternoon session began, the
Frenchman and his British team-mate were both up near the top of the timesheets
and will concentrate on setting a good qualifying time in tomorrow morning's
second and final session.
"OK, the result today is not too good, but we have been working very hard for
the race" declared Laconi. "I'm quite happy with the settings we got with the
bike, and before everyone else put the qualifier on I was second. I thought I
could risk not using qualifiers and stay in a high position but the others all
improved in the last few minutes and I slipped down to eleventh, but that's OK.
Troy was still faster than me but I feel that we still have margin to improve.
This track is very strange, the hotter it gets, the tyre seems to work less
well. Tomorrow for sure it will be cooler and a lot better for the grip".
"We've got a bit of a problem with the suspension travel of the front forks and
we haven't sorted it out yet so the bike felt a bit harsh in that session"
commented James. "The tyre is not allowing us to get away with it and as things
go on the feeling gets worse. Everyone has similar problems with grip so as far
as race times go, we're all pretty similar. Lap times are slower because of the
temperature, tomorrow will be faster for sure. The less grip there is on the
tyre, the less the suspension is allowed to work. At the moment it's a bit
frustrating because the times are that close and I feel sure that when we sort
the problem out, we'll be up there at the front".
1. Corser (Suzuki) 1m35.954s
2. Walker (Kawasaki) 1m36.731s
3. Chili (Honda) 1m37.003s
4. Neukirchner (Honda) 1m37.127s
5. Muggeridge (Honda) 1m37.146s
6. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m37.159s
11. Laconi (Ducati Xerox) 1m37.566s
12. Toseland (Ducati Xerox) 1m37.648s