Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)

Misano Adriatico (Italy), Thursday 23 June: Much has changed in the time since
the previous World Superbike race in Italy, almost two months ago at Monza.
Following a difficult start to the season, the Ducati Xerox Team has now emerged
as a winning force in this year's championship after James Toseland and Rgis
Laconi both claimed their first victories of the season at Silverstone.

This weekend the Santamonica circuit on Italy's Adriatic Riviera will greet the
Superbike regulars for round 6 of the championship. After last year's
unfortunate rain-affected experience in April, this year the Misano counter
moves back to its regular June slot and with the hot Italian summer already
getting into full swing, a large crowd is guaranteed for Ducati's home race.

Ducati Corse Superbike technical director, Ernesto Marinelli, explains what the
Ducati Xerox Team riders will be up against at the Misano track.

"We always go well at Misano, it's a track that our bikes seem to  like"
declared Marinelli. "Last year the weather in April and the fact that there
weren't many competitive bikes on the grid stirred things up a bit. This year it
will be a completely different situation, but we will start off from last year's
base settings. The Misano circuit is varied and medium-fast, it doesn't have any
particularly slow corners, but it does have a lot of changes in direction, as
well as the long 'Curvone' which puts a lot of pressure on the left side of the

Rgis Laconi's last four results at Misano have been impressive to say the
least, a second, a first, a fourth and a third, giving the impression that the
29-year-old Frenchman has a special feeling with the 4.060 km circuit.

"Misano is a track that I like because it's a technical circuit, it's usually
very warm here and it's close to the beach!" joked Rgis. "Seriously speaking, I
like all the parts of this track apart from the new section, where I seem to
have a bit more difficulty. But we are working well with the bike and this year
I don't have the problems that I had last year. It will be very warm here, and
that makes a big difference, even from the morning to the afternoon and maybe we
also have to set the bike up differently depending on the temperature. It will
be a hard race because it's a very physical track and there is not much time to
recover. Now we are winning, so I feel a lot happier than in the early part of
the season".

James Toseland has never won at Misano, his best result being second when he
pushed fellow Brit Neil Hodgson (Ducati) hard in 2003, but the 24-year-old feels
that Silverstone was a turning-point in his season

"Ducati has worked really hard after Suzuki caught us out at the beginning of
the season and everything came good at Silverstone for us", declared James.
"Unfortunately we've lost points but it's not over yet. My results at Misano
have been a bit up-and-down, I had a terrible weekend here last year in the damp
conditions but the year before was pretty good. We can go round here as fast as
anybody, with the bike development, the testing and my confidence, so there's no
reason why we can't get a couple of wins here. I pencilled off another notch on
my list with my first win at Silverstone and the next one down is my first
double-win! I'll definitely be going for it here!"


The 2005 championship reaches its half-way point with this year's fifteenth
edition of the Santamonica event. The first race was held in 1991 and saw two
wins go to Doug Polen (Ducati). Since then all the Superbike greats have added
their names to the list of winners: Falappa (4 times), Polen, Kocinski and
Bayliss (3), Lucchiari, Slight, Fogarty, Corser, Xaus and Chili (2), Russell,
Bostrom and Laconi (1) last year. Among the manufacturers, the undisputed queen
of Misano is Ducati with 22 wins, followed by Honda (3), Aprilia (2) and
Kawasaki (1). Four riders are top of the pole position category: Falappa,
Fogarty, Hodgson and Corser with 2 each, followed by Polen, Russell, Kocinski,
Yanagawa, Bayliss and Martin with 1. The track records all belong to Troy
Bayliss (Ducati), who has set them in 2002: Superpole 1m33.525s (156.279 km/h),
Lap record 1m34.913s (153.994 km/h). The two races will be run over a distance
of 101.500 kilometres (25 laps).


Activities on Thursday Press Day at the Santamonica track will include a beach
volley challenge between Riders and Media on the sands of the Misano seafront.
The tournament, organised by FGSport and Superbike Italia, will take place in
the 'Romina' beach club belonging to Pierfrancesco Chili and his wife. It will
see the participation of the top Superbike riders, including Ducati Xerox Team's
James Toseland and Rgis Laconi, as well as representatives from Supersport and


At the Misano round, Ducati will also be present from Thursday thru Sunday with
a stand selling clothing and accessories. A Ducati sales point will be set up
inside the circuit, close to the main entrance, in the heart of the Superbike
Paddock. Misano fans at the race will be able to purchase a selection of Ducati
Corse products, including T-shirts, scale models, caps and gadgets. In this area
there will also be a display of Ducati bikes, articles and products of Ducati's
partners, as well as a corner dedicated to the DRE (Ducati Riding Experience),
Ducati's world-famous Imola riding school.

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after 5 of 12 rounds)

 1. Corser (Suzuki)         222
 2. Kagayama (Suzuki)       144
 3. Vermeulen (Honda)       141
 4. Laconi (Ducati Xerox)   112
 5. Toseland (Ducati Xerox)  98
 6. Walker (Kawasaki)        74

 1. Suzuki   231
 2. Honda    154
 3. Ducati   150
 4. Yamaha   109
 5. Kawasaki  86
 6. Petronas   4


Name - Autodromo di Santamonica
Length - 4.060 km
Pole Position - Left
Corners Left/Right - 4/4
Finish Line Length - 510 m


Race 1
 1. Laconi (Ducati)
 2. Corser (Petronas)
 3. Chili (Ducati)

Race 2
 1. Chili (Ducati)
 2. Laconi
 3. Martin (Ducati)