Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
DUCATI CORSE PRESS INFORMATION
DUCATI XEROX TEAM ENDS 2005 SEASON WITH PODIUM FOR TOSELAND  LACONI
DID NOT START DUE TO ARM INJURY

Magny-Cours (France), Sunday 9 October: The 2005 World Superbike Championship
came to a close at Magny-Cours with a third place finish for James Toseland
(Ducati Xerox Team) in the first race, which was won by Chris Vermeulen (Honda).
Toseland had to fight hard to hold off the challenge from Karl Muggeridge
(Honda) for the podium, and then finished sixth in the second race of the day
after battling with 2005 world champion Troy Corser (Suzuki) and Chris Walker
(Kawasaki).

Team-mate Rgis Laconi had a disappointing end to his 2005 season. After
checking on his condition in the morning warm-up, the Frenchman was unable to
take part in todays races due to his arm injury, which was causing him
considerable difficulty around the Magny-Cours track.

The day was a memorable one for Ducati however as Lorenzo Lanzi sensationally
took his second win of the season in race 2. Lanzi, riding a third Ducati 999F05
for the Ducati SC Caracchi team with additional Xerox branding, took the factory
machine to its sixth win of the year in an all-Italian triumph.

That was a good hard fight I had with Karl but it was very fair declared
Toseland, Ive cleaned the blue paint of my fairing and he can clean the red
off his! We were a little bit wide in places, he left half a gap but it was a
very close race. I was riding for my pride out there and so I just gave it all I
had. It was great and Im just so pleased to get on the podium after all the
difficulties weve had this weekend

There was nothing that could be done today because there are just too many
right hand curves on this track declared Laconi. I have very little strength
in my right arm and it was impossible to do more than a couple of laps. I tried
this morning and it was not possible to race. Its tough for me because its the
final round but it would have been too dangerous for myself and all the others
if I had taken part in the race. I will need another month to get back to full
fitness, hopefully I will be ready for the winter tests and obviously also for
2006. Thats life, this injury has ruined the end of my season, its a real pity.

Ducati Corse Superbike director Paolo Ciabatti added: It has been a difficult
season for Ducati and the opposition has been very tough this year. But we have
shown that the Ducati 999F05 is still a winning machine and that it has won in
the hands of all three riders who have raced it, James, Rgis and Lorenzo, and
we look forward to the 2006 season. A big thanks to all of our partners who have
accompanied us this year, in particular title sponsor Xerox, with whom we are in
the first year of our partnership, and technical sponsor Shell Advance for all
of their support.

RACE 1:

 1. Vermeulen (Honda)
 2. Kagayama (Suzuki)
 3. Toseland (Ducati Xerox)
 4. Muggeridge (Honda)
 5. Corser (Suzuki)
 6. Pitt (Yamaha)

RACE 2 :

 1. Lanzi (Ducati SC Caracchi)
 2. Kagayama
 3. Haga (Yamaha)
 4. Corser
 5. Walker (Kawasaki)
 6. Toseland

FINAL POINTS:

Riders
 1. Corser (Suzuki)          433
 2. Vermeulen (Honda)        379
 3. Haga (Yamaha)            271
 4. Toseland (Ducati Xerox)  254
 5. Kagayama (Suzuki)        252
 6. Laconi (Ducati Xerox)    221

Manufacturers
 1. Suzuki    468
 2. Honda     403
 3. Ducati    385
 4. Yamaha    322
 5. Kawasaki  183
 6. Petronas   48
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