Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)

Silverstone (UK), Thursday 26 May: Silverstone Circuit in Northants is the venue
for round 5 of the World Superbike Championship this weekend, but it won't be
the legendary Formula 1 track that greets Ducati Xerox Team riders James
Toseland and Rιgis Laconi as they attempt to build on their positive Monza form.

After last year's high-speed thriller around the one of the fastest circuits in
the world, the reigning world champion and his French team-mate will line up on
the grid on Sunday for 28 laps of the shorter 3.561 km (2.213 miles)
International Circuit, used in the popular British Superbike championship. The
main change is that instead of powering down Hangar Straight towards Stowe, the
riders will now veer off at Becketts and head directly for Abbey before
completing the rest of the considerably shorter airfield layout.


Toseland put his 2005 season back on track with a gritty ride to third place at
Monza, immediately followed by a positive three-day test session at Mugello, and
he now aims to produce more of the same in front of his home crowd.

"After Monza I'm really looking forward to every round from now on but in
particular Silverstone", said Toseland. "All I can do is apologize to my British
fans for my start to the season. For Silverstone and the home crowd I just want
to prove exactly why I've got the number 1 on the bike. I didn't buy it, it was
earned last year and I want to prove that we can keep it, especially as it's my
first time back for a race in Britain since winning the title.

"I was a bit sceptical at first about racing on the short circuit because we
haven't ridden it, but in fact there's not much there that we don't know so it
should be OK" he added. "I really benefited from the Mugello test after Monza,
because we tried a few things and I went 1.2 seconds quicker than last year so
now I'm really looking forward to getting out there at Silverstone on Friday".


Rιgis Laconi was unlucky not to win race 2 at Monza after leading until half-way
round the final lap, but the 29-year-old Frenchman is confident that his Ducati
team is on the right track for the rest of the season.

"I believe we are coming better and better now. At Valencia I was on the pace
but unfortunately I didn't race, while at Monza I was very close to the win so I
feel that the bike is getting more and more competitive as the season goes on",
declared Laconi. "I was surprised to learn that we are racing on the short
Silverstone circuit, but for me it doesn't matter if it is long or short, I will
give everything as always to get a good result. It will be important in
qualifying to get the bike set up right for the tight chicane, because we go
through there more times in this year's race. Now the circuit is not so fast, so
the settings will be different, but it will still be a great track to race on".


On Thursday media day, Ducati Xerox Team's James Toseland, together with fellow
Brit Chris Walker, championship leader Troy Corser, Aussies Chris Vermeulen,
Karl Muggeridge and Andrew Pitt, and Ducati SC's Gianluca Nannelli, will take on
a number of ex-Premiership footballers - including former England, Newcastle and
Tottenham striker Les Ferdinand, and ex-player turned BBC Radio Five Live
broadcaster Mark Bright - in a five-a-side friendly football match. The game
will take place on a purpose-built inflatable pitch located inside the circuit.
Afterwards the roles will be reversed and Ferdinand and Co. will be taken for a
thrilling pillion ride around the world famous Silverstone circuit on the back
of the Ducati Xerox 999 twin-seater, piloted by Dario Marchetti.


Further recognition for James Toseland's 2004 World Superbike championship
victory will come at his home round when the Guild of Motoring Writers presents
the 24-year-old from Sheffield with its 'Rider of the Year' award, relating to
his title win last year. The original trophy, which spends 364 days a year
locked in the Guild's display cabinet in the RAC at Pall Mall, London and on
which James's name will be etched, is a vintage bike single cylinder head in
silver, mounted on a plinth, while James will receive an engraved pewter tankard
for his efforts. Previous winners of the award include Valentino Rossi and Carl

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after 4 of 12 rounds) :

 1. Corser (Suzuki)        182
 2. Kagayama (Suzuki)      130
 3. Vermeulen (Honda)      115
 4. Laconi (Ducati Xerox)   87
 5. Pitt (Yamaha)           60
 6. Toseland (Ducati Xerox) 57

 1. Suzuki   191
 2. Honda    128
 3. Ducati   100
 4. Yamaha    86
 5. Kawasaki  66
 6. Petronas   1


Name: Silverstone International Circuit
Length: 3.561 km (2.213 miles)
Pole Position: Left
Corners Left/Right: 8/10


Lap record: Rutter (Honda) 1m26.890s
Race distance: 2 x 28 laps/99.708 km (62.31 miles)


Race 1
 1. Haga (Ducati)
 2. Vermeulen (Honda)
 3. Chili (Ducati)

Race 2
 1. Vermeulen
 2. Haga
 3. Laconi (Ducati)