Regis Laconi cut a welcome figure during Ducati's annual 'World Ducati Week' event at Misano, the Frenchman completing 70 laps on his return to Superbike action.
Laconi has not raced since breaking his vertebrae in a horrific accident during free practice at Kyalami more than a year ago, but has enjoyed a few tentative test outings on the DFX Ducati he raced prior to being sidelined.
Teaming up with DFX's current rider Lorenzo Lanzi, Laconi, who has continued to train throughout 2010, completed 70 laps on the 1198, producing a best time of 1min 37.8secs. For reference, Lanzi managed 1min 36.6secs, while last year's pole-winning time was 1min 35.345secs.
However, while Laconi certainly proved a popular attraction at Misano, DFX insists rumours he is building up for a racing return are 'premature and totally groundless', stressing the test was merely a result of Laconi's close relationship with manager Daniele Carli.
DFX will return to World Superbike competition at Misano later this month after choosing to skip the flyaway races in South Africa and United States.