Toseland takes first WSB pole

Published: 14 October 2003

James Toseland has taken his first ever World Superbike pole position in the run up to Sunday’s race at Magny Cours.

The HM Plant Ducati rider stole the top spot from factory Ducati rider Neil Hodgson by just 0.021 seconds clocking a best time of 1:40.965 demonstrating why he has been chosen to take over Hodgson’s place on the works team next year.

And in a similar manner Regis Laconi, who will be taking over the factory ride from Hodgsons team-mate Ruben Xaus, beat Xaus to third place by just 0.354 seconds.

Frankie Chili took the first place on the second row of the grid followed by Toselands team-mate Chris Walker. Gregorio Lavilla and wildcard Sebastien Gimbert finished off the top eight.

Both Foggy FP1 bikes qualified for the Superpole session but while James Haydon managed to come home with the 13th fastest time, his team-mate Troy Corser lost the back end of his bike on the cold track and ran off in to the gravel. He managed to save it and complete the lap but will now start the race in 16th.

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