Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)

Magny-Cours (France), Thursday 6 October: The 2005 World Superbike Championship
draws to a close at the Magny-Cours circuit in central France this weekend.
Following last weekends washout at Imola, which handed the title automatically
to Troy Corser (Suzuki) and the runner-up slot to Chris Vermeulen (Honda),
Ducati Xerox Team riders James Toseland and Rgis Laconi have Noriyuki Haga
(Yamaha) in their sights as they aim to make up the gap to third place.

Ducati Corse Superbike technical director Ernesto Marinelli explains the sort of
set-up required for the 4.411 km circuit. Magny-Cours is the sort of track
where you may need fog lights on the bike during the morning practice
sessions! joked Marinelli.

Seriously speaking though, we shouldnt have any particular problems here. You
need a neutral set-up because the track is normal and doesnt have any major
set-up difficulties like Imola or Laguna Seca. There are several short radius
curves and quick curves. The baseline set-up always goes well here, the only
problem could be the gear ratios. Due to the layout of the track and the
distances between one curve and the next one, the ratios are never quite exact
and you have to work to get the best compromise. Either the first gear is too
long or second gear is too short. The track also tends to be damp and covered
with fog in the morning so this could create a few grip problems.

James Toseland, whose 25th birthday was on Wednesday, lies 27 points adrift of
Haga in the race for third place but lost some points to his Japanese rival at
Imola. I have some good memories from this track from last year so Ill be
looking to go well again declared Toseland.

Im a bit disappointed we didnt do the second race at Imola because I could
have gained some points on Haga and made it easier for myself to get the third
place. Now I just want to finish the season on a high really, its been a long
hard struggle back to form and despite the results I feel Ive been riding well
recently. I never used to like the Magny-Cours track but as soon as I started
going well, Ive always looked forward to coming here. You ve got such tight
corners and such heavy braking for that hairpin that you need a compromise with
the feeling for the corners and also with the support on the suspension for the

Rgis Laconi returns to France for the final round of the year with one aim
only, to finish the 2005 championship with further wins to add to his three this
season. My arm feels a bit better than at Imola but I think Ill need at least
a couple more weeks before its back to normal, said Laconi.

It didnt bother me too much last weekend, lets hope its the same here
because there are more right-hand curves at this track. I want to finish the
championship with two good results at my home circuit. I like it a lot but
unfortunately I just havent had many good results here. The most difficult part
are the hairpins, but me and my engineers have been working on the right ratios
so we should go well. Its going to be difficult to get third place, so the most
important thing for me is to win the races, the rest doesnt count anymore. For
sure I won three races this year but I also scored zero points on numerous
occasions; thats the story of my season and thats why I want to finish off the
championship with a couple of wins.


The Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours circuit has hosted a round of the World Superbike
championship on three previous occasions, in 1991 and for the last two years.
Ducati riders have won every race so far, with two wins going to Polen in 1991
and one each to Hodgson, Xaus, Toseland and Haga. The circuit itself measures
4.411 km and has a finish-line length of just 250 metres.

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after 11 of 12 rounds) :

 1. Corser (Suzuki - 2005 champion)  409
 2. Vermeulen (Honda)                354
 3. Haga (Yamaha)                    255
 4. Toseland (Ducati Xerox)          228
 5. Laconi (Ducati Xerox)            221
 6. Kagayama (Suzuki)                212

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


Lap record:        Hodgson (Ducati)  1m41.219s (2003)
Qualifying record: Xaus (Ducati)     1m41.030s (2003)
Superpole:         Toseland (Ducati) 1m40.965s (2003)

Race distance:

2 x 23 laps/101.453 km.


Race 1
 1. Toseland (Ducati)
 2. Haga (Ducati)
 3. Laconi (Ducati)

Race 2
 1. Haga
 2. Toseland
 3. Laconi