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Laconi: I needed just ten minutes...

Regis Laconi is confident he will score points in the penultimate round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours, despite bad weather preventing him from progressing up the grid.

The Kawasaki rider qualified 21st on the grid in provisional qualifying yesterday, but his hopes of rising further up the order in final qualifying today were scuppered when damp track conditions meant barely anyone improved their times.

In fact, Laconi was one of only two riders to improve on their times, although his gain in the final seconds wasn't enough to move him up any higher than the fifth row, where he will start just ahead of his team-mate Makoto Tamada.

Nonetheless, after showing 14th best in dry free practice, Laconi is confident he is capable to finishing inside the top 15 in the races tomorrow.

“As I thought the low temperature of the morning didn't permit to the track to dry and this weighted on my performances. I improved compared to yesterday but not enough. If I just had ten minutes more I'm sure I could participate to the Superpole.

“I improved further on during the afternoon and at the end of the session I reduced the gap from the best of just few tenths. The goal of tomorrow will be to maintain the rhythm during the whole races hoping that the weather conditions won't continue to compromise my performances.”


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