2004 WSB Imola Results

September 26, 2004
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

A pair of wins by Ducat Fila’s Regis Laconi has propelled him into the championship lead with one round remaining in the 2004 season.

Regis Laconi  55  leads Nori Haga  41  and James Toseland  52  - Imola
Ducati Fila’s Regis Laconi is right where he wants to be heading into the final round of the Superbike World Championship at Magny Cours, France on October 3rd – In the lead.

In race one, Chris Vermeulen led every lap until with two remaining, Regis Laconi bulled his way past the Ten Kate Honda rider before ultimately finishing with a good one second to spare. At that point, Vermeulen moved into the championship lead and looked like a lock to battle for the win in race two.

In the second race, things got a little crazy. First, Vermeulen had problems with his number one bike, then crashed on the warm-up and was forced to start in last place. The determined Ten Kate pilot made a remarkable charge to sixth place by the end. Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, Renegade Ducati’s Nori Haga grabbed the early lead only to crash out, (his fifth DNF of the season), handing what looked like an insurmountable lead to James Toseland.

Regis Laconi had other plans though and charged to the front and challenged for the win for the second time on the day. On the last lap the Ducati Fila riders raced to the finish line with Laconi nipping his teammate by 0.041 second. The crowd of 72,000 got everything they could have hoped for, as did Regis Laconi.

“I made a few small mistakes at the beginning and the bike didn’t feel so good with the full tank so I didn’t try to push so much” explained Regis. “Haga passed me and James too so I decided just to follow them. Haga crashed in front of us which was quite difficult then I just had to pass James for the win. The only way I found to do that was on the very fast left in fifth gear. It was hard for sure but I had to go for it. The last chicane was very difficult, I braked late but I knew it was close to the finish so I just tried to be fast all the way through. It was really great to win at Imola today because Imola is a Ducati track.”

As it stands now the Ducati Fila duo of Laconi and Toseland are separated by a mere four points with Vermeulen looking at a thirteen point deficit.

Race One Results:
1. Regis Laconi (Ducati)
2. Chris Vermeulen (Honda)
3. James Toseland (Ducati)
4. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati)
5. Garry McCoy (Ducati)
6. Steve Martin (Ducati)
7. Pierfrancesco Chili (Ducati)
8. Marco Borciani (Ducati)
9. Gianluca Nanelli (Ducati)
10. Leon Haslam (Ducati)

Race Two Results:
1. Regis Laconi (Ducati)
2. James Toseland (Ducati)
3. Steve Martin (Ducati)
4. Gianluca Nanelli (Ducati)
5. Garry McCoy (Ducati)
6. Chris Vermeulen (Honda)
7. Lucio Pedercini (Ducati)
8. Marco Borciani (Ducati)
9. Ivan Clementi (Kawasaki)
10. Troy Corser (Petronas)

Championship Standings:
1. Regis Laconi, 295
2. James Toseland, 291
3. Chris Vermeulen, 282
4. Noriyuki Haga, 254
5. Pierfrancesco Chili, 222


Ten Kate Honda’s Karl Muggeridge wrapped up the 2004 World Supersport Championship with a win today. The Australian gives the Dutch squad their second consecutive Supersport title.

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