Regis Laconi called up some past Valencia magic to claim an excellent second on the grid, behind the untouchable Ben Spies, during Saturday's Superpole session.
After three unrewarding seasons at PGS-1 Kawasaki, Laconi has been revived by the switch to a privateer 1198 Ducati run by the DFX Corse squad - claiming fourth place on his debut for the team at Phillip Island.
The Frenchman, who took his one and only 500GP victory at Valencia in 1999, reached a new DFX high on Saturday by being the only rider other than Spies to lap under the 1min 34sec barrier - edging out factory Ducati riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio in the process.
Laconi had been a factory Ducati rider during the 2004-2005 seasons.
“I'm very, very happy because the bike is working good on this track and it seems like I always have good results here,” smiled the eleven-time WSBK race winner. “I won my first MotoGP race here ten years ago, in 500, and it is just a pleasure to be up front here again today. The bike is working really well, so thanks to the DFX team and Ducati.”
Laconi presently holds seventh in the 2009 WSBK championship standings.