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The first race podium must have looked good to Ducati after a wretched start to the season. Laconi first, Corser second and Toseland third
A long time between drinks for Toseland - last year world champion, this year he has scored 68 of his 98 points in the last four races - that leaves 30 points from the first six.
The second race podium of Toseland, Corser (at left) and Yamaha's first dias for thyear in the form of Nitro Nori, always a crowd favourite.
Haga leads Corser, Kagayama, Laconi, Toseland, Vermeulen, Walker, Cardoso and Muggeridge
Chris Vermeulen picked up a pair of fourth places on the day, a disappointing result in comparison to previous visits to Silverstone where he won both in Supersport and in Superbike.
Well and truly inside his comfort zone, Corser already looks to be counting the points to ensure he takes another World Championship Title
Very briefly, Kagayama grabs second in race two - he eventually slipped through the field to finish seventh
The shuffling of the deck on the first corner and already the race is partially decided - Haga leads with Corser in second and Kagayama third. Eventual winner James Toseland is back in the pack (behind Haga's right shoulder)
World champ last year (in Supersport), the step up in class has caught talented Karl Muggeridge out. Two tenth places on the weekend sees him lying in 12th in the title with 50 points from 10 starts.
Regis Laconi has been fast but inconsistent - four podiums and three DNFs from ten starts does not win titles.
Race two, lap one, and Laconi is in fourth from Toseland, Vermeulen, Walker, Cardoso, Muggeridge, Pitt, Neukirchner, Abe, Chili,
Laconi grabbed thrid in superpole
Andrew Pitt did not like the circuit and rode both races in pain.
Rookie Max Neukirchner is riding with a lightweight plastic brace on his healing wrist
Rookie of the year to date, Neukirchner can be expected to run faster as his injuries mend.
One of the oldest racers in superbike history, at 41 years of age, Pier Francesco Chili can always be counted on for an honest race.
The aftermath and an unfortunate Neukirchner manages to get going again, dropping from 11th place to last, and losing 22 seconds in the fall. he chased the field and caught it, failing by eight seconds to pick up a championship point.
May 29, 2005 Regis 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 2 to seal the reigning champion’s first win of the year. In the pointscore though, runaway championship leader Troy Corser on the Suzuki GSXR1000R finished second in both races, extending his lead to 78 points – more than three clear race wins.
Read the full article: World Superbike Champs - Ducati fights back
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