Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)

Monza (Italy), Thursday 5 May: World Superbikes head to the Autodromo Nazionale
di Monza circuit this coming weekend for the fourth round of this year's
championship battle. A slipstream thriller is guaranteed around the legendary
Formula 1 circuit as a multitude of powerful four-stroke Superbikes hit top
speeds of close to 200 mph (320 km/h) down the long Monza straights.

Top speed is something the Ducati Xerox Team riders James Toseland and Rιgis
Laconi are not lacking as they get to grips with this early part of the season,
both riders having set outright speed records for the championship (316 km/h for
Toseland, then 318 km/h for Laconi) at the Phillip Island circuit one month ago.

Rιgis Laconi was knocked cold in an incident with another rider during Sunday
warm-up at Valencia, an incident that caused him to miss both races, but the
Frenchman has now fully recovered and has set his sights on breaking the Suzuki
stranglehold on the championship.

"Last week was very tough for me as I was still feeling the effects of the crash
and was very tired, but I went for a check at the start of this week and I am
now 100% fit for Monza" declared Laconi. "I've even managed to do some training
on the bicycle so now I am looking forward to getting back on my Ducati on Friday.

"I really love the Monza track" he continued, "it's very fast and it involves a
lot of hard riding. I had a double win last year, and the Ducati always seems to
go well there. The 999 is a very fast bike so we're OK for top speed, now all we
need to do in qualifying is find a good solution for rear grip for the fast
curves, of which there are a lot at Monza, especially as you exit the
Parabolica, but we were going well at Valencia until Sunday morning and I'm sure
we will be in a good position for this weekend's race."

James Toseland has had a difficult time since the start of the season on the #1
championship-winning Ducati 999 machine, but is convinced that at Monza
everything will be in place to help him re-emerge as a front-runner.

"At Monza we've just got to get things sorted out. We're not a million miles
away, the circumstances that have happened in qualifying have been bad but I'm
not making any excuses" declared Toseland. "Monza is not very technical as a
circuit - it's just long straights and braking at the limit. We've got a few
things to try there, so with a track that's not very complicated, with the speed
of the Ducati and everything else, hopefully it will be a weekend in which we
have two solid results to get everything back on track.

"My confidence and the team morale have suffered a few knocks recently but I can
assure you that there's nothing wrong with us or the bike and we want to find
the form again. I've got a good team behind me and we're going to work hard this
weekend to be back up front", concluded James.

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after 3 of 12 rounds)

 1. Corser (Suzuki)        141
 2. Kagayama (Suzuki)      110
 3. Vermeulen (Honda)       90
 4. Laconi (Ducati Xerox)   54
 5. Abe (Yamaha)            44
 6. Neukirchner (Honda)     41
10. Toseland (Ducati Xerox) 30

 1. Suzuki  150
 2. Honda    93
 3. Yamaha   65
 4. Ducati   64
 5. Kawasaki 50
 6. Petronas  1


Name: Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
Length: 5.793 km
Pole Position: Left
Corners Left/Right: 5/8
Finish Line Length: 1.195 km


Best lap:   Hodgson (Ducati) 1m46.981s (2003)
Lap record: Bayliss (Ducati) 1m47.434s (2002)
Superpole:  Hodgson (Ducati) 1m46.981s (2003)
Race distance: 2 x 18 laps/104.256 km


Race 1
 1. Laconi (Ducati)
 2. Toseland (Ducati)
 3. McCoy (Ducati)

Race 2
 1. Laconi
 2. Toseland
 3. McCoy