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Phillip Island World Superbike First Qualifying 2004
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Friday, March 26, 2004
Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Regis Laconi Ducati Fila Ducati 999F04 1:34.068
2 Garry McCoy Team Caracchi Ducati 999RS 1:34.494
3 Steve Martin DFXtreme Sterilgarda Ducati 999RS 1:35.028
4 Marco Borciani DFXtreme Sterilgarda Ducati 999RS 1:35.080
5 Noriyuki Haga Team Renegade Ducati Ducati 999RS 1:35.346
6 Lucio Pedercini Team Pedercini Ducati 998RS 1:35.443
7 Chris Vermeulen Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR 1000RR 1:35.614
8 Pier Francesco Chili Team PSG-1 Ducati 999RS 1:35.633
9 Leon Haslam Team Renegade Ducati Ducati 999RS 1:35.743
10 James Toseland Ducati Fila Ducati 999F04 1:35.752
11 Chris Walker Foggy PETRONAS Racing PETRONAS FP1 1:35.832
12 Troy Corser Foggy PETRONAS Racing PETRONAS FP1 1:35.871
13 Ivan Clementi Team Kawasaki Bertocchi Kawasaki ZX10 1:35.935
14 Mauro Sanchini Team Kawasaki Bertocchi Kawasaki ZX10 1:35.936
 

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World Superbike Qualifying Quote Machine
from phillip island, australia
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Friday, March 26, 2004
Vermeulen Goes Seventh After First Day of Qualifying

Home tarmac and a subtly improved CBR1000RR allowed World Supersport Champion Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda) to make an impressive mark in only his second ever World Superbike race weekend, with the 21-year-old Queenslander securing seventh spot after the first day of his home race meeting.

His best lap of 1:35.612 was put in on race tyres, a good sign for further improvement come race day, and keeps Vermeulen in touch with the provisional pole man Regis Laconi (Ducati), who set a 1:34.068 lap.

"That wasn't too bad," said Chris. "We made some changes to the bike set-up and got it working better. I was consistently inside the top five until the end, then we had a small problem with the bike and we didn't get to use a qualifying tyre. It's just a teething problem with the new bike and this is only our second race with it. Both bikes are the same spec really, but only one has got a quick shifter. This is the first time I've really ridden with one - because they aren't allowed in Supersport - and I really enjoyed the experience. There is a big difference. I'm happy. We've been to Valencia but this place is so different in terms of set-up. But we're getting there, slowly but surely."

For the team, Phillip Island is another new challenge on the new CBR1000RR. "When everyone was still using race tyres we were up in fourth place and making steady progress," said team manager Ronald Ten Kate. "Improving the new bike is the biggest issue for us again. When we put in the qualifying tyre at the end of the session we had a little problem with the bike so we couldn't really get full use of it. But we are happy, making good steps in all directions. The bikes are basically up to the same spec right now and we've found a reasonably happy set-up for tomorrow, so overnight we will build both bikes the same. We had different geometry and spring rates on each bike, playing around with some options but tomorrow we now know the direction to go in." ENDS

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LACONI (DUCATI FILA) HITS TOP FORM AT PHILLIP ISLAND

Phillip Island (Australia), Friday 26 March: Regis Laconi (Ducati Fila) powered his Ducati 999 to the top of the timesheets in the opening qualifying session at Phillip Island after getting the best of Garry McCoy (Xerox Ducati 999) in the final few minutes.

His Ducati Fila team-mate James Toseland was less fortunate, the British youngster recording his second crash of the day at the start of qualifying to end up an unfamiliar tenth quickest.

"That was not so bad but it was very windy in the afternoon and it was so hard to make the same lap time as this morning, but it's the same for everyone" declared Laconi. "We still have some work to do because I'm not so happy with the feeling of the front of the bike. For the rest it's OK, we'll see what's happening tomorrow and if there is not so much wind, we should improve. It was good to see McCoy up there, he is at his home track but I give my best to be still at the front".

Toseland was frustrated to find himself down in tenth position on the second Ducati Fila 999. "Well, that was probably my worst day in quite a few years. I crashed twice and both times I got up wondering what happened" he explained. "I want it to be my fault when I crash so I can kick myself and find out why. I'm sure I'm not making any mistakes but I'm finding myself on the floor, so we've got to find out why and understand it and then I can alter what I'm doing wrong.

"We've tried a few things on the bike and that's made it better but there are a few places where I just don't have any feeling at all" he added. "I just want to be able to get rid of that and work on the bike and push again because there's no point in pushing if that happens. We're not far away but at the moment I feel right on the limit doing slow times and that's very frustrating. But I'm sure we'll sort things out and get the job done tomorrow."
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Garry McCoy second fastest in the debut day at Phillip Island

(Phillip Island 2004, March 26)

Garry McCoy started in the best of ways his home WSBK race on the 4445 meters of Phillip Island circuit. The Australian rider of Scuderia Xerox Ducati Nortel Networks has been outright the leader of the first qualifying session until 27 seconds to the end, when Laconi on the factory Ducati overtook him. However the Xerox Ducati Nortel Networks 999RS of Scuderia Caracchi has been the fastest machine on the track, in the morning's free practice, when Garry scored the third fastest, and as well during afternoon qualifying, with a brilliant result for the engineer crew managed by Marco Mozzone.

"I'm quite satisfied of this debut day." - said a smiling Garry to the group of Australian media representatives who were interviewing him - "During the morning session the bike, despite its high top speed, the feeling of the bike wasn't very good. Its front was too high and it wasn't steering. Then, after the new set up everything was running well. In the afternoon the track was faster and the tyres were working very well, the rear was sliding, but just like I love. So in such track conditions we took the decision to use a qualifying tyre and I scored easily a fast laptime. The tyres during the afternoon session were running perfectly, even though I haven't actually a perfect feeling with Pirelli, but I must say that everybody is in the same conditions, but some riders that have done developing tests. The new rules imposes a particular strategy for using the available tyres, to avoid to miss the right tyre for Superpole, which is the session to settle the starting grid and it's very important. The bike has a good reaction to the set up changes we have made this afternoon, so, depending on the weather, I'm confident that tomorrow too I could get a good result."

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FPR riders set up for qualifying challenge at Phillip Island

Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders Chris Walker and Troy Corser were separated by just four hundredths of a second after the first day of action at round two of the World Superbike championship, at Phillip Island, Australia.

With just half a second separating Noriyuki Haga in fifth and Troy in 12th, both riders were confident that further set-up changes would maximise the performance of the Pirelli tyres and further close the gap on pace-setter Regis Laconi, who set a blistering time of 1:34.068.

Chris finished the first free practice session in 8th, the first of the non-Ducati riders, with Troy in 11th. Then, while the notorious wind picked up at the picturesque coastal circuit and prevented significant improvements in lap times, Chris shaved a tenth off to record his best time of 1:35.832, with Troy hot on his tail with a lap of 1:35.871.

Chris said: "I didn't have the best of sessions in the afternoon as the bike was overheating. And, when I did try a qualifying tyre, I got stuck in a bit of traffic with one guy wobbling into the pits on the racing line and ignoring the blue flags, while oil flags were also out after Leon Haslam had crashed. I have done a bit of work on what we think will be the race tyre but I am hoping to get a bit more out of it tomorrow. If I can lap consistently half a second faster, then we will have a chance for the race. My ideal lap time - which combines the best splits - is 1:35.3, so we are not too far away."

Troy said: "I improved my set-up in the afternoon by changing the internals in the front forks, which seemed to help the bike turn better. We also altered the rear ride height which gave us a bit more grip. Considering I was down on top speed, there is nothing in it from 5th to 12th so, with a different engine for tomorrow, I am hoping to make up some more time. I wanted to save my qualifiers until tomorrow and, while I have chosen my race tyres, I was still getting some chatter although the set-up changes did improve it. The wind also picked up in the afternoon and was blowing you all over the track, which probably limited the improvements I could make."
 

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Yes my PVR is also programmed. You have to love these devices, especially during riding season. Go ride and come home to watch the races.

Towards the end of the season you may see a victory or at least some podiums by the the inline 4s. Once they get dialed in, I believe they will be competitive even with the rule advantage for twins.
 

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I'll third the PVR thing. I used to plan my life around the races, boy that's a pain. I don't have any desire to ever own a t.v. without it again.

Related story - Anyone see the 749 Duc runnin' against the 600's in Valencia the other day? That thing looked pretty strong for it's first time out.
 
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