Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
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TOSELAND TAKES FOURTH IN RACE 1 FOR DUCATI XEROX TEAM AT IMOLA
RACE 2 CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN, LEAVING CORSER CHAMPION

Imola (Italy), Sunday 2 October: James Toseland scored a fourth place finish for
the Ducati Xerox Team in race 1 at Imola today, but the second race of the day
was cancelled by race direction due to the appalling weather conditions. The
decision means that Australian Troy Corser becomes the World Superbike Champion
for the second time, nine years after winning his first title for Ducati in 1996.

Toseland was fighting with Haga for third place behind leaders Vermeulen and
Corser when he strayed onto the wet line at the Acque Minerali on lap 16, an
error that left him in fourth. I deserve a good kicking from Tardozzi for that
mistake! declared Toseland. Just when I changed direction the bike snapped
slightly and went just two metres wide where it was wet. The front went away and
I couldnt do anything. If Id tried to make the corner I would have crashed,
but I rode hard and was competitive and thats the main thing for me.

For me the race was a tough one declared Laconi. I started well but it took
me five or six laps to find the right rhythm, but by then it was difficult to
pass. At the finish I had pins and needles all down the left side of my body
because I was riding with one arm and both legs!

Both Ducati Xerox Team riders agreed that conditions for the second race were
far too unsafe to ride in. Chris, Troy and myself were in agreement that racing
in these conditions would have been too dangerous commented Rgis afterwards.
I am sorry but we cannot risk our lives and safety out there. I am sorry also
for the fans but today we were just unlucky to have such bad weather.

When we got to the grid maybe the race could have started added James. It was
a bit borderline but the race would have been stopped anyway afterwards. We
cannot race in two inches of rain on this track, its too dangerous. Its just
disappointing that Troy came away with the title in this way.

RACE 1:

 1. Vermeulen (Honda)
 2. Corser (Suzuki)
 3. Haga (Yamaha) 
 4. Toseland (Ducati Xerox)
 5. Martin (Petronas)
 6. Walker (Kawasaki)
 7. Neukirchner (Honda)
 8. Gimbert (Yamaha)

RACE 2:

cancelled due to rain.

POINTS (after 11 of 12 rounds) :

Riders
 1. Corser     409 (2005 champion)
 2. Vermeulen  354
 3. Haga       255
 4. Toseland   228
 5. Laconi     221
 6. Kagayama   212

Manufacturers
 1. Suzuki     428
 2. Honda      370
 3. Ducati     344
 4. Yamaha     296
 5. Kawasaki   163
 6. Petronas    48
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