Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)

Imola (Italy), Thursday 29 September: Following the German Round at the
Eurospeedway, the Ducati Xerox Team will return to its regular line-up for this
weekends upcoming eleventh round of the World Superbike Championship at Imola.
Rgis Laconi takes his place alongside James Toseland after recovering from the
arm injury he suffered at Assen. .

Ducatis home event (the Enzo & Dino Ferrari circuit is just half-an-hour down
the motorway from the factory in Bologna) marks the penultimate round of this
years championship. Even though the title appears to be in the hands of Troy
Corser (Suzuki), with Chris Vermeulen (Honda) still in with a chance, both
Toseland and Laconi will be aiming for third place in the championship to finish
the season on a high note.

Three weeks ago Laconi was replaced for the German Round by Lorenzo Lanzi, who
went on to take pole and score a sensational victory at the Eurospeedway. Lanzi
now returns to his usual team, Stefano Caracchis SC Ducati, but for the final
two rounds of this years championship the 23-year-old Italian will have at his
disposal a full-factory 999F05, which he will race in SC colours with additional
Xerox logos on the side and front fairings.

Ducati Corse Superbike technical director Ernesto Marinelli illustrates the
characteristics of the Imola track, a circuit where twin-cylinder machines have
always dominated in the four editions held so far. Imola is a complicated track
for bikes because it is very old and the track surface is particularly rough he
explains. Because of the nature of the circuit the bikes become particularly
nervous, so you have to work a lot on the suspension and sometimes quite
radically on the structure of the bike, because if the set-up is too rigid, the
bike becomes too nervous. We have all the data from last year, and although this
bike is different, its still a 999 so in reality there wont be that many
changes from 2004. We went well then so hopefully we can do the same again this

James Toseland twice finished on the podium last year in his resurgence towards
the 2004 title and once again the 24-year-old Brit wants to finish the season
with a rush of positive results, starting at Imola. I m looking forward to
Imola, it was a great weekend for me last year he declared. There are two
races left, weve got a chance of finishing third in the championship and thats
my aim. Its been a disappointing year as far as wins go, just one at
Silverstone, but I cant think of a better place to increase my total than in
front of the home crowd for Ducati. Imola is a truly exciting track, with the
undulations and all the history behind it. It used to be a bogey track for me in
previous years, but last year we pulled it all together. To go well around Imola
you need a pretty standard set-up and we wont really be changing the base
set-up too much. You need a bit more support on the front because of the hard
braking but other than that the geometry will be pretty similar to what weve
had and on Friday morning well be looking to go out and set some quick times

Last years Imola double race winner Rgis Laconi has spent the month since
Assen in a race against time to get fit for the final back-to-back championship
events at Imola and Magny-Cours. Now my arm is starting to get better commented
the 30-year-old Frenchman. Its still not at 100% and probably wont be for the
race but we knew that it would be like that. The important thing is to try and
get the arm to work calmly and find the right feeling with the bike this
weekend, despite the fact that there will still be a bit of pain. This last
month Ive worked hard with the physiotherapist to get into the best possible
condition. At least Im going back to a track that I know well and where I won
last year and in 2001 because that makes things a bit easier. It might be
possible for me to get third in the championship but its not going to be easy
because Haga is 25 points ahea with four races left. But I love the Imola track
and well do our best to get some good results there.


Although located right in the centre of Imola, the Autodromo Enzo & Dino Ferrari
has been permanent ever since 1979, when it was updated and modified to become
an established Formula 1 venue. The first World Superbike round was held there
in 2001, and this years edition will be the fourth. The 4.933 km sloping
circuit has 10 left and 6 right-hand corners and a start-finish straight
measuring 358 metres. Ducati hold the lions share of the eight wins at Imola
with 5 to Hondas 2 and Aprilias 1, while the most victorious riders are Ruben
Xaus (3 Ducati) and Rgis Laconi (2 Ducati, 1 Aprilia) on 3, and Colin Edwards
with 2 for Honda.

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after 10 of 12 rounds) :

 1. Corser (Suzuki)          389
 2. Vermeulen (Honda)        329
 3. Haga (Yamaha)            239
 4. Toseland (Ducati Xerox)  215
 5. Laconi (Ducati Xerox)    214
 6. Kagayama (Suzuki)        211

 1. Suzuki    408
 2. Honda     345
 3. Ducati    331
 4. Yamaha    280
 5. Kawasaki  153
 6. Petronas   37


Lap record:        Bayliss (Ducati) 1m48.389s (2002)
Qualifying record: Edwards (Honda)  1m48.336s (2000)
Superpole:         Xaus (Ducati)    1m48.636s (2003)

Race distance:

2 x 21 laps/103.593 km/h


Race 1
 1. Laconi (Ducati)
 2. Vermeulen (Honda)
 3. Toseland (Ducati)

Race 2

 1. Laconi
 2. Toseland
 3. Martin (Ducati)