WSBK »

Laconi pleased, but disappointed to miss podium

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.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Laconi, Spanish WSBK 2009
Laconi, Spanish WSBK 2009
Laconi, Spanish WSBK 2009
Laconi, Spies, Haga, Spanish WSBK 2009
Laconi, Spanish WSBK Race 1 2009
Laconi, Spanish WSBK Race 1 2009
Laconi, Spanish WSBK Race 1 2009
Laconi, Spanish WSBK Race 1 2009
Laconi, Spanish WSBK Race 2 2009
Fabrizio, Laconi, Spanish WSBK Race 2 2009
Laconi, Spanish WSBK Race 1 2009
Laconi, Spanish WSBK Race 2 2009
Laconi, Spanish WSBK Race 2 2009
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Torres, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Torres, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Who Cares - Unregistered

April 07, 2009 10:24 AM

How nice to see the always hard-charging Frenchman back in front of the field, aboard the 1198 very privately entered by Daniele Carli's team. I look forward to seeing more great achievements from them all year long, budget permitting.

cemo - Unregistered

April 07, 2009 11:41 AM

Agreed, it's good to see him back towards the front. On his day he can be very fast and I think as the season progresses he might become quite important in regards affecting the title race. Good luck to him!



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.