Lorenzo Lanzi on board the Xerox Ducati took a hard fought win during race two of the tenth round of the Alstare Corona Extra World Superbike Championship, fending off Noriyuki Haga and Chris Vermeulen to complete his dream weekend at the Lausitzring.
Lanzi stepped in to replace the injured Regis Laconi, and on his first time out on the factory Ducati he has been more than impressive, putting it on pole and now winning race two.
"It has been very good weekend, Chris and Nori are very fast," he said after his win. When asked if he would be allowed to run the factory Ducati at Imola in Italy he simply said, "I don't know, it may not be possible but thank you to every one for this weekend."
Lanzi appeared to have brought his personal fan club with him as he got a massive round of applause as he left the press conference area.
Chris Vermeulen rode the wheels off his Winston Ten Kate Honda to try and catch Lanzi but a poor start and a battle with Haga took up his valuable time. Vermeulen joked, "my starts are little to behold and Toseland, Muggeridge and Haga are all hard to pass!" He did congratulate Lanzi on his superb win and admitted that is a little disconcerting to have a rider as young and talented as himself on a full blown factory machine.
Haga took the final place on the podium after a some serious fairing bashing with Lanzi early in the race. With Lazni's determination to win he put some very hard moves on the Yamaha Italia rider, forcing him to lift his machine as he went under him on more than one occasion. Haga did make some changes to his machine for race two
"I change something on the suspension and have harder front tyre as the feeling was good for me. I make good race and was right with Lanzi," he said. "I am happy with result but disappointed with tyre, three laps from end tyre was gone and it was hard to control. I need to find better setting for Imola."
spoke with Haga he wasn't sure if he liked the Eurospeedway, however he has now made up his mind. "Here I don't have good memory, also result is not so good." Seems he isn't so keen.
Current Championship leader Troy Corser crashed out at the start of lap two when his front end just tucked. He had been complaining after race one of chatter problems and it looked like he ran into the turn where he crashed, a bit hot, the chatter kicked in a off he went. He managed to restart and pick his way through the field to thirteenth place and salvage a few points to aid his championship. He is now only sixty points ahead of Vermeulen and there are still a total of one hundred points up for grabs over the last two rounds.
James Toseland had another poor race result following a bad start, he did work his way up to fourth only to go off and throw it all away - he managed to pick his bike up and finished in eleventh place.
The Petronas garage was once again split with Steve Martin finishing in ninth place and McCoy being forced to retire on the final lap due to a mechanical. It was a shame he had a technical as he had been up to twelfth place during the race and was on for scoring more points.
WSBK results race two – Lausitzring: