Regis Laconi started yesterday's Pacific Grand Prix from the pit lane in last place after his RS Cube failed to start on the grid. Laconi then rode flat out - without waiting to "run in" his tyres - and attacked straight away.

"When they give you the green light in the pit lane and you see the other riders going into the first corner ahead of you, you get the feeling you'll never be able to catch them up," admitted Laconi. "I went straight into attack mode without waiting for the tyres to heat up fully: I wanted to reach the end of the pack. I caught up with them and in the following lap I started overtaking them."

The Italian would be rewarded with eleventh place after charging up through the pack, but had more than a few near escapes.

"I had a few tricky moments when Yanagawa's bike threw a whole lot of oil onto my front fairing and face shield," revealed the ex-WSBK star. "I couldn't see a thing. I slowed down and, after his slide, I was able to pick up my pace again. The tyres held out well and it was only in the last five laps that the grip wasn't so good any more. Even so, the new rear tyre we tried out here in Motegi made it possible for the Cube to deliver all its power to the ground."

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