Ducati Fila rider Regis Laconi whipped his factory Ducati to an impressive second race victory margin of 21.549 seconds at Oschersleben today [Sunday] after long-term race leader Noriyuki Haga was forced to retire on lap 23.

James Toseland meanwhile overcame his practice problems to finish second, giving the works team another 1-2.

It was Toseland's fourth second placing in a row and he now leads the championship by a mere two points, after another intense day of competition in SBK racing. Toseland's new total is 157, Laconi's 155 and Pier Francesco Chili third on 113.

Leon Haslam also had a good day, completing the top three, to claim his first ever World Superbike podium. To cap his celebrations, it will be his 21st birthday tomorrow [Monday], and 21 is the traditional British 'coming of age' birthday celebration, when a boy becomes a man.

Of the rest Garry McCoy was fourth, with Giancluca Nannelli and Mauro Sanchini fifth and sixth.

Chris Walker was the lead Foggy Petronas Racing rider at the finish - seventh overall - after Troy Corser went off, crashing into a hay-bale head-first, he was not injured.

Chris Vermeulen had to make do with eighth, after a suspension or steering component in the front end of the machine caused chatter severe enough to drop him from third.

Ivan Clementi and Andy Meklau rounded off the top ten.

In total ten riders retired.


1. R?gis Laconi
2. James Toseland
3. Leon Haslam
4. Garry McCoy
5. Giancluca Nannelli
6. Mauro Sanchini