Front Row Starts For Toseland and Laconi in Brands Hatch Superpole - August 6th 2005
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James Toseland and Régis Laconi will both
start the Great Britain Round of the World Superbike Championship at Brands
Hatch from the front row of the grid after setting third and fourth quickest
times respectively in Superpole. Toseland was particularly impressive in the
one-lap dash, taking his Xerox-backed Ducati 999 F05 up from eleventh in
qualifying to third behind poleman Corser (Suzuki) and Muggeridge (Honda).
Laconi will start the two races tomorrow from the final front row grid slot.
"I must have gone a bit wide on at least three or four corners"
declared Toseland "and I was a bit worried that I wasn't going to be on the
front row with that time. If I had done a really good lap, a 26.5 would have
been possible, but to be third on the grid at Brands Hatch, my first
front-row start here, is really great. We had a few problems at the start of
this weekend with the setting, after having to change quite a lot since the
last race, but the team has worked fantastically well to get things moving
forward and now for tomorrow I'm pretty confident."
"I'm a bit disappointed with my Superpole lap because I thought we
could be closer to the pole but it's OK" commented Laconi. "It's very
important to be on the front row at Brands Hatch because you have one of the
most difficult corners in the beginning and the first part of the circuit is
quite slow and difficult to pass. I will try and keep the speed up as much
as possible in the early laps to have a good chance of victory. I think that
we have a good chance of winning because we are starting from the first row.
You never know before but I will give my best to try and win tomorrow for
- 1. Corser (Suzuki) 1m26.672s
- 2. Muggeridge (Honda) 1m26.833s
- 3. Toseland (Ducati) 1m26.919s
- 4. Laconi (Ducati) 1m26.982s
- 5. Walker (Kawasaki) 1m27.014s
- 6. Haga (Yamaha) 1m27.044s
- 7. Pitt (Yamaha) 1m27.192s
- 8. Vermeulen (Honda) 1m27.196s
- 9. Lanzi (Ducati SC) 1m27.618s
- 10. Martin (Petronas) 1m27.653s