Regis Laconi admits he was slightly disappointed to miss out on a first World Superbike podium in four years at Valencia, but was otherwise pleased to come away with two more strong results.

Laconi continued his career revival in Spain with a run to second position on the grid in Superpole, while he proceeded to run with the leading group of riders in both races as he challenged for a first podium finish since Brands Hatch 2005.

Ultimately the Frenchman would fall just short, his late charge in both races on the DFX Ducati unable to get him higher than fourth place, the former WSBK vice champion each time just fractions off third position.

Indeed, Laconi concedes he is was frustrated to miss out on standing on the rostrum, but was otherwise delighted to be challenging at the front once again.

"I'm pleased and disappointed at the same time," he said. "To come so close to the podium both times and not manage to get up there is almost like being mocked, but to try to pass Neukirchner in the first race and then Fabrizio in the second, the risks would just have been too great.

"In both races perhaps I waited too long to shake off Kagayama and Fabrizio, but we were all right on the limit and the risk of throwing away an excellent result was just too high. After the difficulties we had in Doha, we needed a convincing race to recharge our batteries again straightaway, and I must say that the whole team reacted and worked in an excellent manner.

"The bike certainly helped us, and I was able to ride to the maximum of my abilities. I'm now sixth in the championship, and I want to continue taking steps forward in the forthcoming races."

Laconi now lies sixth in the standings with 56 points - just five less than he scored through the entirety of the 2008 season on the PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki.


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