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Tough Weekend For Ducati Xerox At Valencia - April 24th 2005

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    Valencia (Spain), Sunday 24 April: Round 3 of the World Superbike Championship proved to be a difficult weekend for the Ducati Xerox Team as Régis Laconi missed both races due to a crash in the morning warm-up, while James Toseland did the best he could from a sixth row starting-grid position.

    "Unfortunately it was a weekend to forget for us" declared Ducati Xerox Team director Paolo Ciabatti. "This morning Régis was quicker than everyone in the warm-up but his crash meant that he could not take part in the two races, in which I am sure he would have given Corser a hard time. James on the other hand, was unable to find the right direction in qualifying and this conditioned his two races on Sunday. Now is the time to concentrate on Monza and focus all of our energies on the next round, which is traditionally an important appointment for Superbike and for Ducati".

    Laconi was ruled out of the action today after a crash half-way through the morning warm-up, when contact was made with a slow-moving rider on the outside of the final curve. Laconi suffered concussion and was immediately examined by on-circuit doctors before being taken to Valencia hospital for an MRI scan, and for precautionary reasons a decision was taken for him not to race.

    "I am fine but now I just need a few days to recover for Monza. It's a track I like, we are at home and Ducati is always very fast" declared Laconi. "This was a very big crash and I feel very lucky because I could easily have broken something and been out of action for some time. I am obviously disappointed because I wanted to take part in the second race, but I did receive a big bang on the head and was unconscious for a few minutes so the doctors said it was better that I didn't."

    James Toseland finished eighth in race 1 from his 23rd grid position and 19th in the second race after he had to make a pit-stop to change the front wheel following a lap 4 incident caused by another rider.

    "I was riding round with people I shouldn't be riding round with, given the qualifying position" said Toseland. "I got a decent start again but going into turn 4 a Yamaha came steaming underneath me and pushed me really wide. I was lucky to stay on and then had to change the front tyre because the brakes were locking up. Monza is the next race, we just need to find some traction because there's not much wrong with the top speed of the bike. We're struggling and we need to find the form again but there's nothing wrong with the bike and nothing wrong with me. We rode hard in the first race but couldn't really do much more after going off the track in race 2."