2005 WSB Silverstone Results

May 29, 2005
By Brian Korfhage
Coming into the double header at Silverstone, the winningest manufacturer in the history of the series was 0-for-05. However, Ducati changed all that on Sunday, taking both legs of the World Superbike double header at the Silverstone circuit in England. Regis Laconi scored the first win for the Italian manufacturer in the first race and James Toseland doubled their pleasure with a phenomenal ride in leg two.

Ducati Xeroxs Regis Laconi celebrates a first race win - Silverstone
Regis Laconi gave Ducati their first win of the season on Sunday in the first race of the WSB double header at Silverstone.

In the first contest, Laconi gave Ducati its first win when he beat series-leader, Troy Corser, to the line by .096 of a second. But it was Corser who had the last laugh as he stretched his lead in the standings as Yukio Kagayama had to settle for 11th place in race one.

“I have wanted to win since the beginning of the season,” said Regis Laconi. “I almost did it in Monza, but I was a bit disappointed about losing out on the final lap. Now I am very happy to win this one because it is the first victory this year. It’s good because it means that Ducati are doing a great job together to get back to the front and with James on the podium it was a good result for all of us. In the last few laps I knew Troy was behind me so I tried my best not to make any mistake in all the corners. I think that if I am very clean in all the corners it becomes hard for Troy to pass. During the race I had to pass three guys to take the lead, so I rode hard and aggressive, but I am a very happy man today because we did a good job and won one more time for Ducati.”

James Toseland claimed the third and final position on the podium. Chris Vermeulen and Frankie Chili rounded out the top five.

In the second contest James Toseland put the finishing touches on a much-needed double victory for the Ducatisti. The Brit passed Corser and Haga at the halfway point in the race and held on for his first win of the season and Ducati’s second of the day.

“It’s always nice to win especially with the tough start to this season, but as I said after the first race, I never give up,” declared Toseland. “The team has worked fantastically well, thanks to Davide Tardozzi and Paolo Ciabatti for all the work they’ve done with me. We made a slight change from first race to second race and it was worth half a second a lap faster, the difference between finishing third and first, but it was a long race and seeing L18 after about about 45 minutes is really tough!

“I did it the hard way again, letting them get away at the start and having to chip away but once I’d got on the tail, it was difficult with Nori and Troy and it took me quite a few laps to get by,” continued Toseland. “I’ve never won before at Silverstone and that was one of my goals in life. It feels as good as I thought it would!”

Corser took second on the day and Haga rounded out the podium.

Despite going winless at the Silverstone circuit, Corser’s lead in the WSB standings ballooned to 78 points over Kagayama. Chris Vermeulen is just three points back of second place and holds sole possession of third.

Race One Results:
1. Regis Laconi (Ducati)
2. Troy Corser (Suzuki)
3. James Toseland (Ducati)
4. Chris Vermeulen (Honda)
5. Pier-Francesco Chili (Honda)
6. Chris Walker (Kawasaki)
7. Max Neukirchner (Honda)
8. Giovanni Bussei (Kawasaki)
9. Jose Luis Cardoso (Yamaha)
10. Karl Muggeridge (Honda)

Race Two Results:
1. James Toseland (Ducati)
2. Troy Corser (Suzuki)
3. Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha)
4. Chris Vermeulen (Honda)
5. Pier-Francesco Chili (Honda)
6. Chris Walker (Kawasaki)
7. Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki)
8. Norick Abe (Yamaha)
9. Andrew Pitt (Yamaha)
10. Karl Muggeridge (Honda)