Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
DUCATI CORSE PRESS INFORMATION
TOSELAND CONTINUES POSITIVE WEEKEND FORM FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM TO LINE
UP SECOND ON GRID AT ASSEN  LACONI OUT DUE TO INJURY

Assen (Netherlands), Saturday 3 September: James Toseland continued his positive
run of form this weekend at Assen as the 24-year-old Ducati Xerox Team rider
clinched second place in Superpole for round 9 of the World Superbike
Championship. Toseland will line up on a stellar front row of the grid, made up
of four different manufacturers, behind poleman Chris Vermeulen (Honda),
seven-tenths quicker than the rest of the field, but ahead of Troy Corser
(Suzuki) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha).

Team-mate Rgis Laconi saw his hopes of challenging for the runner-up slot in
the championship take a dive as he misses this weekends race due to injury
after crashing in Friday first qualifying.

Its been a great weekend so far for us declared Toseland. We got a good
setting when we first went out on Friday morning and weve just kept it going.
We had a good warm-up before Superpole and then I saw the time that Chris did
and thought that it was going to be a tough one to beat. I took a few risks in
the first few corners but I knew that if I kept everything smooth, the main
thing was to be on the front row and so Im happy to be second. Fair play to
Chris for winning the watch for pole and commiserations to Rgis who had a crash
yesterday that put him out of this race.

30-year-old Laconi was high-sided from his Ducati 999 in the final part of
Fridays first qualifying session. He suffered a deep gash in his right elbow,
which had to have eight stitches put in by the Clinica Mobile, and a damaged
tendon, both of which have severely hampered any arm movement. Laconi has
already left the circuit for France, where doctors will verify the situation to
see if he is in a position to race in next weekends WSBK round at Lausitzring,
Germany.

Obviously Im very disappointed but it was absolutely impossible for me to race
here, and as soon as I move my arm the pain is terrible declared Laconi on
leaving the circuit. Im going to Marseilles to a specialist to see if it is
possible to do something for the next race.

STARTING-GRID:

 1. Vermeulen (Honda)        2m04.179s
 2. Toseland (Ducati Xerox)  2m04.899s
 2. Corser (Suzuki)          2m05.005s
 4. Haga (Yamaha)            2m05.078s
 5. Muggeridge (Honda)       2m05.256s
 6. Pitt (Yamaha)            2m05.304s
 7. Kagayama (Suzuki)        2m05.434s
 8. Martin (Petronas)        2m05.560s
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