Lanzi returns as Laconi replacement

DFX Corse Ducati has confirmed Lorenzo Lanzi will return to the World Superbike Championship as a replacement for the injured Regis Laconi.

The Italian hasn't appeared on the international stage since the end of 2008 when he completed his season with the privateer RG Ducati team, finishing 14th in the overall standings.

Nonetheless, as a former factory Ducati rider and three-time WSBK race winner – including a surprise victory at Valencia last year for RG -, Lanzi joins DFX with considerable experience of the 1098RS.

Having also tested for the team towards the end of last year, Lanzi will now make his race debut with DFX at the upcoming Miller Motorsports Park round and is expected to remain until Laconi is fit enough to return.

Lanzi, who also has six podiums and a pole position to his name, had recently been mooted for a return to the WSBK fray having been connected with a ride at Althea Honda.

Laconi is expected to be out of action for some months after fracturing his vertebrae in an accident during free practice at Kyalami.

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Nitro Nori

May 22, 2009 5:20 PM

Can't see Laconi coming back if I'm honest - certainly not this season anyway. Besides, even if he was capable of coming back this season Lanzi will probably go well on the DFX Duke so why swap it all around again later in the season (unless Laconi has a legal claim to the ride, although I doubt DFX would have agreed to that). If Laconi is out for the rest of the season, even if he wanted to I can't see him making it back in 2010 either having missed 2/3 of the 2009 season. There will be loads of competition next year for WSBK seats - all those in it this year plus the usual MotoGP rejects (Toseland could be on his way back...!!), Crutchlow, Laverty, Camier, Guintoli, Ellison. Sorry Regis...

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