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Corser shares the silver and the podium with first race winner
Laconi and 2nd race winner Toseland.
SBK Corona World Superbike Championship, Silverstone Round
4 of 12
Ducati Finally Returns
to the Top Step at Silverstone
Laconi and Toseland trade wins ahead of points
amid the best racing of the season
Silverstone, Great Britain, May 27-29th- After some
impressive showings in qualifying the factory Ducati Xerox
team showed it still had teeth and claws in race conditions
at Silverstone, registering its first race wins of the year
after two epic Superbike contests. Regis Laconi
won the first of the 28-lap fights, held in front of a weekend
crowd of 70,000, before the locals went wild celebrating a
battling victory for fellow Brit and reigning World Champion
James Toseland in the second leg.
Thursday 26 May: Silverstone Circuit in Northants
is the venue for round 5 of the World Superbike Championship
this weekend, but it won't be the legendary Formula 1 track
that greets Ducati Xerox Team riders James Toseland and Régis
Laconi as they attempt to build on their positive Monza form.
After last year's high-speed thriller around the one of the
fastest circuits in the world, the reigning world champion
and his French team-mate will line up on the grid on Sunday
for 28 laps of the shorter 3.561 km (2.213 miles) International
Circuit, used in the popular British Superbike championship.
The main change is that instead of powering down Hangar Straight
towards Stowe, the riders will now veer off at Becketts and
head directly for Abbey before completing the rest of the
considerably shorter airfield layout.
Ducati Xero's reigning World Champion James Toseland put his
2005 season back on track with a gritty ride to third place
at Monza, immediately followed by a positive three-day test
session at Mugello, and he now aims to produce more of the
same in front of his home crowd. "After
Monza I'm really looking forward to every round from now on
but in particular Silverstone", said Toseland. "All
I can do is apologize to my British fans for my start to the
season. For Silverstone and the home crowd I just want to
prove exactly why I've got the number 1 on the bike. I didn't
buy it, it was earned last year and I want to prove that we
can keep it, especially as it's my first time back for a race
in Britain since winning the title.
was a bit sceptical at first about racing on the short circuit
because we haven't ridden it, but in fact there's not much
there that we don't know so it should be OK" he added.
"I really benefited from the Mugello test after Monza,
because we tried a few things and I went 1.2 seconds quicker
than last year so now I'm really looking forward to getting
out there at Silverstone on Friday".
Xerox team mate Régis Laconi was unlucky not to win
race 2 at Monza after leading until half-way round the final
lap, but the 29-year-old Frenchman is confident that his Ducati
team is on the right track for the rest of the season. "I
believe we are coming better and better now. At Valencia I
was on the pace but unfortunately I didn't race, while at
Monza I was very close to the win so I feel that the bike
is getting more and more competitive as the season goes on",
declared Laconi. "I was surprised to learn that we are
racing on the short Silverstone circuit, but for me it doesn't
matter if it is long or short, I will give everything as always
to get a good result. It will be important in qualifying to
get the bike set up right for the tight chicane, because we
go through there more times in this year's race. Now the circuit
is not so fast, so the settings will be different, but it
will still be a great track to race on".
the first Honda-mounted win of the 2005 championship trail
was secured at the previous Monza round, all five supported
Honda riders, spread across three quality teams, will be out
to increase the total at the new-look Silverstone. Chris Vermeulen
(Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) scored the race two win
at Monza, firming up his pre-season promise and adding to
his four Honda CBR1000RR wins from his rookie SBK season of
like his entire peer group, was surprised to find that the
Silverstone event would be run on the 3.561km International
circuit, this season, not the usual full Grand Prix track
- instantly transforming Silverstone from one of the fastest
circuits on the calendar to one of the slowest.
the Silverstone 2005 experience will be a new one, even for
the most seasoned rider in the class, Pierfrancesco Chili
(Klaffi Honda CBR1000RR), who currently sits in 10th place
in the overall championship table. Despite breaking his left
collarbone for the third time in four seasons, in practice
for the Australian round in March, Chili is recovering well
and posted two seventh place finishes at Monza three weeks
ago. A recent run of injuries for the Klaffi Honda riders
sees Silverstone mark itself as the comeback race for the
impressive young talent that is Max Neukirchner (Klaffi Honda
CBR1000RR), who was forced to miss the Monza event due to
broken thumb on his throttle hand.
Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) overcame some
early-season misfortunes to post his two best results at Monza,
and climb up the championship ladder to 12th, with the promise
of even stronger results as he continues in his rookie season
of SBK racing.
(Renegade Honda Koji CBR1000RR) continues his reintroduction
to World Superbike at Silverstone, and is one rider at least
who looks forward to the shortened track, which should simplify
his set-up tasks somewhat.
the 2003 World Supersport Champion, admitted to having ridden
on the short Silverstone International track before, in his
tenure as a British Championship rider.
remember the shorter circuit from my days in the British championship
but it’ll take a few laps to familiarise myself with
it again. The second race win at Monza was long overdue but
it felt pretty good all the same. We found the right direction
at Monza and we’ll definitely be looking to carry that
progress through to Silverstone. We basically lifted the bike
at the front and the rear and changed the offset to keep it
steering good and it seemed to work pretty well. Silverstone
is a place that holds good memories for me, having won the
Supersport race there in 2003 and then taking my very first
Superbike victory last year.”
finally saw the factory Ducatis headed by Regis Laconi on
the top of the time sheet ahead of the Corona Suzukis for
the first time this season.
Corse Quickest in Practice
Friday 27 May: The Ducati Xerox Team powered
back to the front in the first qualifying session for the
British Round of the World Superbike Championship as Régis
Laconi and James Toseland headed the timesheets today on the
shorter International circuit at Silverstone. Régis
and James were already at the front in the morning's free
practice session and then continued their good form in the
afternoon with first and second quickest times ahead of the
Suzuki duo of Corser and Kagayama.
very happy because we have done a good job to be fastest today"
declared Régis. "This morning I did the best lap
time and this afternoon also, so that's good for me and good
for Ducati to have both riders at the front for the first
time this year. On this track we have to say that we are in
a better position than we have been so far. I feel very good
on the bike, and all the changes we made, made it go faster.
The circuit is very hard because there is no time to recover.
You are pushing hard all the time but it's very enjoyable.
Some of the corners you have to arrive very quick and brake
very hard but that's the sort of track that I like".
back and it's nice to be back for my home race" said
James. "It was nice for Monza and I knew it would continue
here after the Mugello test, where I managed to find that
little something extra. The front tyre is working well, the
rear we're just struggling with a little bit but we have been
right on the pace since this morning. We needed to get it
together after the first three rounds, Davide has done a fantastic
job of getting the team to rally around me and getting the
morale back. The circuit's actually not too bad, it's interesting
and still enjoyable to ride round, but it's going to be difficult
to pass in the races. I think I can make up a bit more time
in the first part because we're struggling with the bumps
in the first corner, just 'pogoing' and taking the weight
off the front a bit, but on the rest of the circuit we're
TIMES: 1. Laconi (Ducati Xerox) 1m27.578s;
2. Toseland (Ducati Xerox) 1m27.627s; 3. Corser (Suzuki) 1m27.696s;
4. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m27.832s; 5. Chili (Honda) 1m28.145s;
6. Muggeridge (Honda) 1m28.189s; 7. Haga (Yamaha) 1m28.240s;
8. Vermeulen (Honda) 1m28.310s; 9. Bostrom (Honda) 1m28.366s;
10. Walker (Kawasaki) 1m28.373s; etc.
British Eurosport (UK) - Saturday 28 May, 1615 BST Superpole
(live). Sunday 29 May, 1130 BST race 1 (live), 2200 race 2
(delayed). Eurosport (Pan European) - Sunday 29 May, 2245
race 1 + 2 (delayed).
Super Pole to Kagayama
Yukio Kagayama (Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki) hammered out
an impressive Superpole win in windy conditions at Silverstone,
with a weekend best lap time of 1’26.679. In a session
where many riders improved on their best time from previous
qualifying sessions, Kagayama took his third pole of the year,
this time from his revived Japanese compatriot Noriyuki Haga
(Yamaha Motor Italia), who had himself only qualified 12th
best in the regulation sessions.
fastest rider on day one, Regis Laconi (Ducati Xerox 999),
was third quickest in Superpole, making it three different
makes of machine in the first three grid positions. 1996 World
Champion Troy Corser (Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki) secured
the last place on the front row, a fine location from which
to defend his impressive championship lead come raceday.
Vermeulen (Winston Ten Kate Honda) was the quickest man in
overall regulation qualifying, and was thus last man away
in the single lap Superpole contest. The Aussie rider headed
up a further 16 riders who were all within one second of his
provisional pole time – making this the second closest
qualifying session in SBK history. The winner of Monza race
two could only take fifth place after Superpole itself, however,
with his team-mate Karl Muggeridge 11th.
results, Superbike World Championship round
5, Silverstone, Great Britain: 1 Kagayama 1:26.679; 2 Haga
+0.306; 3 Laconi +0.407; 4 Corser +0.498; 5 Vermeulen +0.582;
6 Cardoso +0.720; 7 Toseland +0.905; 8 Walker +1.126; 9 Pitt
+1.182; 10 Neukirchner +1.209; 11 Muggeridge +1.335; 12 McCoy
+1.406; 13 Chili +1.450; 14 Abe +1.454; 15 Bostrom +2.218;
16 Roccoli +2.229
1 Kagayama 1:27.178; Corser 1:27.312; 3 Laconi 1:27.669; 4
Toseland 1:28.082; 5 Haga 1:28.103; 6 Walker 1:28.151; 7 Bostrom
1:28.291; 8 Vermeulen 1:28.298; 9 Chili 1:28.420; 10 Abe 1:28.530;
18 McCoy 1:28.863; 22 Martin 1:30.438
morning qualifying practice
(best qualifying time bracketed): 1 Vermeulen (Winston Ten
Kate) 1:27.508; 2 Corser (Alstare Suzuki Corona) 1:27.539;
3 Laconi (Ducati Xerox) 1:27.686 (1:27.578); 4 Toseland (Ducati
Xerox) 1:27.741 (1:27.627) 5 Neukirchner (Klaffi Honda) 1:27.641;
6 Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona) 1:27.649; 7 Cardoso (DFX
Treme) 1:27.854; 8 Walker (PSG-1 Kawasaki) 1:27.936; 9 Roccoli
(Team Lorenzini) 1:28.020; 10 Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate
Honda) 1:28.099; 16 McCoy (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 1:28.819
(1:28.449); 24 Martin (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 1:29.696
Race One saw Laconi (55) fight his way past Corser (11) to
win with justthis slight lead, followed by team mate Toseland
(110 and Vermeulen (behind).
Championship Heats Up as Ducati's Men Slow the Suzuki Steam
Silverstone (UK), Sunday 29 May: Règis
Laconi and James Toseland took a win apiece for the Ducati
Xerox Team in the fifth round of the World Superbike championship
in front of a 70,000 strong crowd at the Silverstone circuit.
Frenchman Laconi scored his ninth career triumph and Ducati's
first win of the year when he took the chequered flag in Race
One, but it was Toseland who really set the home fans alight
with a controlled but aggressive display of riding in Race
Two to seal the reigning champion's first win of the year.
One to a Tearfully happy Laconi:
A great start from Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia) put
him in contention for the win for most of the race, but a
technical problem with his fuel pump ruled him out late in
event, leaving three riders to battle it out. Regis Laconi
(Ducati Xerox 999) held off Troy Corser (Alstare Corona Extra
Suzuki) to record his first win of the year. Local hero James
Toseland (Ducati Xerox) scored third place; a taste of things
to come. Such was the pace of the leading three, that fourth
placed rider Chris Vermeulen (Winston Ten Kate Honda) was
11 seconds down on the leaders, and Laconi took the new circuit
lap record of 1’27.130.
have wanted to win since the beginning of the season"
said a tearful Régis from the top step of the podium.
"I almost did it in Monza, but I was a bit disappointed
about losing out on the final lap. Now I am very happy to
win this one because it is the first victory this year. It's
good because it means that Ducati are doing a great job together
to get back to the front and with James on the podium with
me it was a good result for all of us. In the last few laps
I knew Troy was behind me so I tried my best not to make any
mistake in all the corners. I think that if I am very clean
in all the corners it becomes hard for Troy to pass. During
the race I had to pass three guys to take the lead, so I rode
hard and aggressive, but I am a very happy man today because
we did a good job and won one more time for Ducati".
Race Two to Reigning Champ Toseland
With long time leader Corser once more fighting with Haga,
and Laconi out after a lap two crash, James Toseland hit the
lead after 17 laps, running hard at the front but unable to
shake off Corser and the very slowly fading Haga. Toseland’s
final efforts were enough to give him the race win, his first
of the year, and bring him closer to the overall championship
battle – as well as make the British bank Holiday weekend
a party for all his massed countrymen. Corser’s second
place nonetheless increased his championship lead, to 78 points,
from his team-mate Yukio Kagayama, who fell in race one, and
was only seventh in the second 28-lap contest.
"Its always nice to win especially with the tough start
to this season, but as I said after the first race, I never
give up" declared James. "The team has worked fantastically
well, thanks to Davide Tardozzi and Paolo Ciabatti for all
the work they've done with me. We made a slight change from
first race to second race and it was worth half a second a
lap faster, the difference between finishing third and first,
but it was a long race and seeing L18 after about 45 minutes
is really tough!
"I did it the hard way again, letting them get away
at the start and having to chip away but once I'd got on the
tail, it was difficult with Nori and Troy and it took me quite
a few laps to get by. I've never won before at Silverstone
and that was one of my goals in life. It feels as good as
I thought it would!".
who had won the first race from Corser, only got as fars as
the 2nd lap inRace Two when he lost the rear of his Ducati
999 and crashed out. "In race 2 I was right behind Haga
and Corser when I went into the last chicane and lost control
of the rear of the bike and there was nothing more that I
could do. It was a real pity but I will try and make up for
it in front of the Italian fans at the next race at Misano".
Name Stars Suffer Varying Fortunes
A strong second race performance for Chris Vermeulen gave
him another fourth place, keeping him third in the championship,
only three points from second place. Pierfrancesco Chili (Klaffi
Honda) fought off cramp and some close attentions from other
riders to record a pair of fifth places, while his injured
team-mate Max Neukirchner was an impressive seventh, then
a crash affected 18th, pushed off the circuit for a time by
a fallen machine. Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda
CBR1000RR) slugged out two tenth places, on a day of symmetrical
results for the highest placed Honda riders. Chili’s
team-mate Max Neukirchner (Klaffi Honda CBR1000RR) had a day
of contrasts, overcoming the pain of his recently broken wrist
to secure seventh in race one, but knocked off his machine
temporarily to finish 18th in the second leg.
Chris Walker (PSG-1 Kawasaki ZX-10R) rode his heart out for
his home crowd at Silverstone, finishing almost within touching
distance of Chili in both races - and swelling his points
score enough to go sixth overall in the title race. A good
meeting in parts for Kawasaki riders of note put Giovanni
Bussei (Bertocchi Kawasaki) an aggressive eighth in the opener,
after a brilliant ride through the field.
Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia) was forced to take a ride through
penalty after crashing in the morning warm up, after which
his machine’s engine failed to cut out. He finished
race one 13th, despite this handicap. A battling ride around
a circuit layout he was not keen on saw him ninth in race
two. Norick Abe suffered a clutch failure on his Yamaha Motor
France Ipone machine, but recovered to beat Pitt over the
line for eighth - in his first Silverstone visit. Ben Bostrom
(Renegade Honda Koji CBR1000RR) had the sub frame on his machine
break in race one and then finish 14th in race two, fighting
a lack of front-end grip after changes in set-up between races.
Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) was tenth in both
Garry McCoy broke an unwelcome season-long duck to secure
his first points on his Foggy Petronas triple, taking 13th
place in race two. His team-mate Steve Martin had one DNF
in race one and a 20th place in the second outing.
Race 1: (Laps 28 = 99,708 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /Gap
1 / R. LACONI / FRA / Ducati Xerox / 40'58.899 /
2 / T. CORSER / AUS / Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra /
40'58.995 / 0.096
3 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Ducati Xerox / 41'00.035 / 1.136
4 / C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Winston Ten Kate Honda / 41'10.184
5 / P. CHILI / ITA / Klaffi Honda / 41'13.548 / 14.649
6 / C.WALKER / GBR / PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse / 41'15.360
7 / M.NEUKIRCHNER / GER / Klaffi Honda / 41'39.364 /
8 / G.BUSSEI / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 41'42.164
9 / J. CARDOSO / ESP / D.F.X. Treme / 41'45.310 / 46.411
10 / K. MUGGERIDGE / AUS / Winston Ten Kate Honda /
41'48.110 / 49.211
11 / Y. KAGAYAMA / JPN / Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra
/ 41'50.605 / 51.706
12 / M.SANCHINI / ITA / PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse / 41'55.273
13 / A. PITT / AUS / Yamaha Motor Italia WSB / 42'10.501
14 / A. VELINI / ITA / Team Pedercini / 42'24.085 /
15 / M.PRAIA / POR / DFXtreme Sterilgarda / 42'24.873
Fastest Lap Lap 9° Régis Laconi 1'27.130
(Laps 28 = 99,708 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /
1 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Ducati Xerox / 40'55.190 /
2 / T. CORSER / AUS / Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra / 40'55.663
3 / N.HAGA / JPN / Yamaha Motor Italia WSB / 40'58.377
4 / C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Winston Ten Kate Honda / 41'01.881
5 / P. CHILI / ITA / Klaffi Honda / 41'12.113 / 16.923
6 / C.WALKER / GBR / PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse / 41'12.247
7 / Y. KAGAYAMA / JPN / Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra /
41'23.438 / 28.248
8 / N. ABE / JPN / Yamaha Motor France-Ipone / 41'26.950
9 / A. PITT / AUS / Yamaha Motor Italia WSB / 41'27.274
10 / K. MUGGERIDGE / AUS / Winston Ten Kate Honda / 41'31.682
11 / L. LANZI / ITA / Ducati SC Caracchi / 41'34.660 /
12 / I. CLEMENTI / ITA / Team Pedercini / 41'35.372 /
13 / G.MCCOY / AUS / Foggy Petronas Racing / 41'36.515
14 / B. BOSTROM / USA / Renegade Koji / 41'41.286 / 46.096
15 / M.ROCCOLI / ITA / Italia Lorenzini by Leoni / 41'51.441
Fastest Lap 5° Troy Corser 1'27.166 147,071 Km/h
Lap Record: 2005 Régis Laconi 1'27.130 147,130Km/h
1 CORSER 222, 2 KAGAYAMA 144, 3 VERMEULEN 141, 4 LACONI 112,
5 TOSELAND 98,
6 WALKER 74, 7 PITT 70, 8 HAGA 68, 9 CHILI 66, 10 ABE 62,
11 NEUKIRCHNER 50,
12 MUGGERIDGE 50, 13 BUSSEI 39, 14 GIMBERT 26, 15 BOSTROM
Supersport Again to
: Winston Ten Kate Honda’s 2005 sensation Sebastien
Charpentier took victory number three in five attempts, winning
out in a near-race long battle with Aussie rider Kevin Curtain
(Yamaha Motor Germany). Such was their pace that Charpentier
was some 20.4 seconds clear of third place rider Fabien Foret.
British wildcard rider Craig Jones (Northpoint Ekerold Honda)
retired but it was a season best for GIL Motorsports Honda
rider Stephane Chambon, who was fourth overall. Broc Parkes
(Yamaha Motor Germany) went fifth after Michel Fabrizio (Team
Italia Megabike) retired with clutch problems. Barry Veneman
had an excellent sixth on his Suzuki Netherlands machine,
while Gianluca Nannelli was top Ducati rider, seventh on his
SC 749R. Championship second place rider Katsuaki Fujiwara
(Winston Ten Kate Honda) struggled against the pain of injury
from a practice crash to finish ninth.
(Laps 28 = 99,708 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / Time /Gap
1 / S. CHARPENTIER / FRA / Winston Ten Kate Honda / 41'53.540
2 / K. CURTAIN / AUS / Yamaha Motor Germany / 41'56.383
3 / F. FORET / FRA / Team Megabike / 42'13.945 / 20.405
4 / S. CHAMBON / FRA / Gil Motor Sport / 42'15.903 / 22.363
5 / B. PARKES / AUS / Yamaha Motor Germany / 42'18.363
6 / B. VENEMAN / NED / Suzuki Nederland / 42'25.550 /
7 / G.NANNELLI / ITA / Ducati SC Caracchi / 42'27.182
8 / A. CORRADI / ITA / Ducati Selmat / 42'30.866 / 37.326
9 / K. FUJIWARA / JPN / Winston Ten Kate Honda / 42'31.329
10 / T. LAUSLEHTO / FIN / Klaffi Honda / 42'31.368 / 37.828
11 / S. LE GRELLE / BEL / Le Grelle Dholda in Action /
42'40.558 / 47.018
12 / J. FORES / ESP / Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra / 42'41.038
13 / J. DA COSTA / FRA / Lightspeed Kawasaki / 42'42.035
14 / T. TUNSTALL / GBR / Hardinge Bridgeport / 42'44.320
15 / J. JANSEN / NED / Suzuki Nederland / 42'46.512 /
Fastest Lap 2° Sébastien Charpentier 1'29.027
Lap Record: New Track
1 CHARPENTIER 115, 2 FUJIWARA 90, 3 CURTAIN 80, 4 FORET
54, 5 PARKES 49,
6 CHAMBON 45, 7 FABRIZIO 42, 8 NANNELLI 40, 9 LAUSLEHTO
30, 10 FORES 27, 11 VENEMAN 23, 12 STIGEFELT 19, 13 LE
GRELLE 14, 14 VD GOORBERGH 11,
15 MIKSOVSKY 9.
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Pirelli Updates Spec Tires
26th May 2005, Silverstone (UK) – As The partnership between
Pirelli and World Superbike has delivered close and exciting racing
since day one but at the last race of the 2005 championship, at
Monza, some real world comparisons proved the progress of Pirelli’s
issues and occasional poor track conditions on raceday at most
of the early season venues, Monza offered almost ideal track conditions.
The fact that the pace improved by one second in race conditions,
and eight tenths of a second in qualifying, demonstrated that
Pirelli’s dedicated solutions performed as planned.
The pace of
development continues for the Silverstone round, but a relatively
late change in the track layout means that the solutions Pirelli
are bringing were produced with the full F1 circuit in mind, rather
than the current International layout. Thus the Silverstone-specific
tyres were made for the high speeds of the full circuit, not the
much reduced pace of the shorter one. Nonetheless, a new carcass,
produced after the Monza weekend, has been designed to work well
during changes in direction through the slow chicanes. In addition
to all the new products, Pirelli will also bring the most popular
tyres from last year’s event, to give the teams a benchmark
to work from.
At this round
there will be four different front tyre solutions in Superbike
instead of three, to give the teams the chance to experiment with
ever-softer front tyres, allowing them more grip in race conditions.
The Silverstone qualifying tyre will be the same as those used
- and greatly appreciated - by the riders at Monza
With the notoriously
fickle British weather expected to play its part once more at
Silverstone, there will be three Supersport tyres available for
Supersport riders Craig Jones and Cal Crutchlow, (Team Northpoint
Ekerold Honda) will be wildcard riders at Silverstone, backing
up their outstanding abilities in the British series on Pirelli
and scale of Pirelli’s operations in World Superbike continue
unabated, with 30 personnel on site, based in eight trucks. Some
6000 tyres are transported to each of the rounds, a fact which
illustrates the efforts expended by Pirelli in this important
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penalised at Silverstone
Garry McCoy will start tomorrow's Superbike World Championship
fifth round races from the third row of the Silverstone grid.
But the Australian has been handed a ride-through penalty for
the first of the two races after an infringement of the rules
governing holes drilled into the fairings.
In windy morning
conditions at the Northamptonshire circuit, the team deployed
the same fairings used in similar conditions earlier in the season
at Phillip Island.
However, the FIM have since changed the rules to state that holes
clustered in an area greater than 25 sq cm, must be covered with
a painted wire mesh. This mesh was omitted by the team but, despite
the fact that no time gain was made during that qualifying session,
the FIM enforced the penalty. This will be imposed early in the
first race, at the FIM's discretion.
Jack Valentine said: "We argued that the FIM could have shown
more sympathy to us as the holes did not affect our performance.
I feel disappointed for Garry, who has been riding his hardest
all weekend. It was an oversight on our part, but not one that
resulted in a performance advantage. However, rules are rules
so we have just got to take it on the chin."
jumped from 16th to 12th with an excellent Superpole lap, said:
"I think the decision stinks as I felt the FIM should have
spelled this out when we asked them about the holes this morning.
We were not trying to hide anything and it did not result in my
times being any better. The wind seemed to set the bike off in
a way that made it unrideable in the morning but I managed to
hang onto my Superpole place. In the afternoon the spare bike
did not move around as much in the wind and the lap time consistency
from yesterday returned.
definitely happy with my Superpole lap. It's the closest we have
been to pole since Phillip Island. There's always room for improvement
though and the back end came round on me at the end of the back
straight and out of the final chicane. But it's all down to one
lap and you have to push for it, although I am still happier when
the green light shows on a Sunday."
Italian Alice Grand Prix, Mugello, Italy, 3rd, 4th & 5th June
The Gauloises Yamaha Team’s MotoGP World Championship challenge
resumes this weekend with the team in better shape than ever ahead
of their home event, the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. Whilst
a brief two-week respite has given riders Valentino Rossi and
Colin Edwards a vital opportunity to recharge their batteries,
the team’s engineers have taken the chance to make further
improvements to their YZR-M1 machines on the back of a valuable
day of tests after the last round at Le Mans.
The stop-start nature of the French circuit and the tight and
twisty turns of Shanghai will be a distant memory as the riders
now prepare to tackle three of the fastest racetracks in the world
- Mugello, Catalunya and Assen – over the next four weekends.
The characteristics of the circuits will provide a wholly different
challenge for the YZR-M1 and the team has worked specifically
to adapt the machines accordingly in the recent test.
Rossi reported positively on new engine parts that the factory’s
engineers are now aiming to incorporate to the bikes in time for
Mugello, a circuit that demands optimum horsepower down the second
longest straight on the calendar – measuring some 1,141m.
Meanwhile, work has been continuing on the swiftly improving electronics
and engine mapping as the engineers look to optimise the bike’s
acceleration capabilities, with the riders aiming to hit incredible
top speeds of over 330km/h.
Whilst progress continues to be made with their machines, the
riders are also growing in stature with every Grand Prix that
goes by and they arrive in Italy in confident moods after a dominant
showing at the last round in France, where they took the front
two places on the starting grid and both finished on the podium
in the race. Whilst Rossi’s third victory from four races
extended his championship lead to 37 points over Marco Melandri
(Honda), third place for Edwards saw him close in on fifth overall
and made further steps up the championship standings ladder a
realistic target over the coming weeks.
As well as consolidating the riders’ positions in the World
Championship standings, their success at Le Mans also extended
the Gauloises Yamaha Team lead in the Teams’ World Championship
and kept Yamaha on top in the Manufacturers’ rankings. It
is an ideal base for the team to work from at Mugello, which lies
deep in the Tuscan hills just over 300 kilometres from the team’s
base at Gerno di Lesmo, near Milan.
VALENTINO ROSSI: A BUSY WEEKEND
As arguably the biggest name in Italian sport at the moment, Valentino
Rossi is in for another busy weekend as his home Grand Prix brings
a host of extra pressures. As well as an expectant capacity crowd,
the demands of the local media are sure to make life harder for
the reigning World Champion.
“Mugello is always the busiest weekend of the year for me,
but the most important thing is what happens on the track”
explained Rossi, who took victory for Yamaha in a rain-interrupted
race at Mugello last season. “Of course Mugello is very
special because it is my home race, and I hope a lot of people
will come. Last year was unbelievable – it was hard to explain
the emotion I felt when I heard the crowds cheering for me on
the last few laps. It’s nice to arrive there on top of the
championship and hopefully we can put on a good show.”
After an energy-sapping start to the season, his best since 2002,
Rossi says he was glad of the chance to relax for the past two
weekends and is now ready to return to his best form at a crucial
stage of the campaign. “We’ve had an extra week of
holiday which has been really important because now we have three
races coming up in four weekends, at Mugello, Catalunya and Assen,
and they will all be very hard. When you have a few races so close
together a lot of things can change in a short space of time,
so it is important to keep the concentration and continue in the
way we have started the season.
"The test in Le Mans has given us some good things to take
to Mugello and hopefully we'll be able to use the new engine parts
there and put to practice the things we've learnt. We continued
to work on the general set-up and also tested some new tyres with
Michelin, from which we found some good options to use in Mugello.
We tried quite a lot of new things that I think will help us in
Mugello so I am feeling positive.”
ONE STEP AT A TIME
Colin Edwards arrives in Mugello as one of Rossi’s biggest
rivals for victory, having finally broken his run of early season
bad luck with a thrilling ride at Le Mans. The American led the
way for much of the race in France before taking a creditable
third place, his first podium appearance for Yamaha in MotoGP.
He will not be short of local backing himself after making a lasting
impression on Italian race fans with a title-clinching victory
over Troy Bayliss in a breathtaking final round of the World Superbike
series in 2002.
“I’ve got a lot of fans in Italy after the win at
Imola in 2002 and I always enjoy going back there,” says
Edwards. “My chief mechanic is Italian, most of the team
are too and we’re based just down the road from Mugello,
so it’s a big race to do well in. Obviously it is Valentino’s
home Grand Prix, which also makes it special. It pretty much goes
crazy wherever he is in the world, so in Italy it should be bananas!”
Like Rossi, Edwards’ progress at Le Mans extended to the
extra day of testing as he concentrated his work on suspension
and tyres. With Yamaha’s engineers endeavouring to provide
the new engine parts for both riders at Mugello, the weekend should
see more steps forward for the 31-year-old.
“At the test we played around with the suspension and the
mapping to try to find ways to make the bike easier to ride and
more forgiving. It’s definitely getting better. We tested
some tyres, found a new front that we’re happy with and
spent a lot of time on the settings, so that we can hopefully
just fire away when we get to Mugello.
“I’m 100% positive that we’ve found a good setting
to enable us to get there and be quick from the start –
just like we did at Le Mans. It’s been a tough start to
the year for me but a lot of things came together in France and
now we just want to take the next step on from there.”
MARLBORO MEN 'A TUTTO GAS'
The Ducati Marlboro Team comes home to Italy for some full-throttle
action around majestic Mugello, arguably MotoGP's greatest racetrack.
Urged on by Italian oxygen and the cheers of the Ducatisti, the
Bologna-based squad is ready to achieve the results that recent
events have promised but not delivered.
Riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa have both shown impressive
speed at various stages during the first four GPs, they just need
a little luck to bring them back to the front of the pack.
guys are very motivated and confident for the Italian GP,"
says Ducati MotoGP project leader Livio Suppo. "We had a
good test session at Le Mans after the French GP. We tried tyres
that worked really well, with good durability. The weather so
far this year has been dreadful - four GPs and three affected
by rain - so we are really hoping for four hours of dry practice
and then a dry race at Mugello. It would be fantastic to give
the 3000 fans in the Ducati Grandstand a great performance!".
be a great track for the team's awesomely quick Ducati Marlboro
Team Desmosedici GP5. The circuit is fast and flowing, the kind
of layout that really suits the GP5's character.
"I think the bike is well suited to Mugello," affirms
Ducati Marlboro Team technical director Corrado Cecchinelli. "The
track's dominant features are its fast straight and high-speed
chicanes. But it's a very complete circuit, with uphill and downhill
sections, so you need a well-balanced bike. For sure it will be
a crazy weekend with all the fans around, but we are looking forward
the Ducati Marlboro Team can count on the support of thousands
of Ducatisti who will throng the hillsides around the high-speed
track. There's even a special Ducati grandstand for 3000 Ducatisti
at Correntaio, the 180-degree right-hander that sees riders begin
the run back to the final corner.
CAPIROSSI - 'ARRABBIATA IS A REAL THRILL!'
rider on an Italian bike at an Italian racetrack - all eyes will
be on Loris Capirossi at Mugello. But the 32-year-old Ducati Marlboro
Team man is used to the pressures of racing in front of his countrymen,
this is his 16th Italian Grand Prix.
is a great track and I still have great memories of 2003, when
we finished second on the first Desmosedici," smiles Capirossi.
"I love the track, so does the bike and I'm confident that
the Bridgestones will be really good there. Mugello is always
a major challenge for riders and engineers, because there is so
much to understand. You need a very well-balanced bike, so you
have confidence to attack the fast, downhill corners with negative
camber and bumps. My favourite part of the circuit is Arrabbiata,
especially the final part, because it's really fast, bumpy and
difficult, plus the exit over the brow of the hill is totally
blind. When you get it right it's a real thrill!"
won the premier-class Italian GP in 2000 and finished second in
2001 and 2003.