Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
Scuderia SC Caracchi-NCR

(Misano 2005, June 25)

Gianluca Nannelli will tomorrow start on its 749R Ducati Scuderia SC Caracchi
from the second row of the grid after recording the sixth fastest in the final
qualifying of Supersport. The Florentine rider has not been able to improve its
lap time of yesterday and his rivals have been useful in order to earn some
position, even if the gap is remained very contained to guarantee that the
contest in Supersport, 23 turns for 93,380 kilometers, will be a battle without

"The terrible warmth of today, on asphalt was 52C, has transformed completely
the machine".  - a nervous Gianluca Nannelli has said at the end of tests. "With
the yesterday set up, that it was optimal, today the bike slipped from all the
parts. We have tried different geometries, but we have been not able to find any
satisfactory solution between grip and handling. The only thing that is remained
to the top level is the motor that also today has recorded the top speed.
Moreover when I was in order to try my fastest lap just in front of me happened
the collison between Bontempi and Goi and to that point not was time for a new
attempt. It's a pity because ones tenth of second would have been enough in
order to get calmly the front row. In these conditions of warmth the rubbers
start to slip after a few turns, if tomorrow it will be warm as today we hope to
be able to finish the race ".

In Superbike Lorenzo Lanzi has finally found the good way and after a promising
seventh fastest in qualifying in Superpole he has been grabbed by the emotion
and made some mistake recording the tenth fastest for a place in the third row
for the 25 laps of the two races tomorrow.

"During the Superpole maybe I started a bit nervous I made a few small
mistakes".  - told Lorenzo Lanzi at the end of practices. "At the first slip I
already had a delay of 3/10 of second, then I recovered something, but it was
not successful to do better as the third row. However that's not a big problem,
the bike goes very well, we have the highest best qualifying speed and we have
defined a good set up for the race. Tomorrow morning we will make the definitive
selection of racing tyres, first in order to finish the race and I'm looking
with optimism to the races tomorrow: the feeling with the bike is good,
therefore I'm sure I can get a couple of positive results tomorrow".

The good technical performance of Fonsi Nieto has been instead overshadowed from
an disagreeable episode happened at the end of the morning qualifying session,
and the Spanish rider is remained excluded from the possibility to contest the
Superpole session.

We hear what happened directly by Fonsi Nieto: "I was in order to run my fastest
lap and at the first slip I was already in clearly advantage on my laptime when
I have found Alfonsi on my line; he has closed my bike, it has seemed
voluntarily, forcing me to slow down. To that point I became very nervous and I
have stopped Alfonsi, we have begun to discuss and, betrayed from the
nervousness, I hit its helmet. I recognize to have made an bad mistake, but I
believe that my nervousness is comprehensible because in several occasions this
year I have found moments of difficulty with this rider. Looking just to the
race I'm satisfied, the bike is very very fast and we found a good set up. I
will start from the fifth row, but I'm confident I can get a good result in
tomorrow's races".