Lanzi takes surprise pole

Published: 09 September 2005

Lorenzo Lanzi has taken his first pole position in World Superbikes after taking the factory Ducati to the fastest ever lap of the Lausitzring, Germany. The Italian rider is filling in for the injured Regis Laconi, partnering James Toseland in the Factory backed Xerox Ducai squad, and has been hovering near the top of the leaderboard all weekend. Troy Corser looked set to take the top spot away from the new boy, setting the fastest time in the first split, but he lost count of his gears and lost time on the rest of the lap. Chris Vermeulen was the fastest Honda rider in third place, relegating current champ James Toseland down to fourth. Andrew Pitt fought off the rumours that Shakey Byrne would be taking his place in the Yamaha squad next year, to set the fifth fastest time. Vermeulen’s team-mate Karl Muggeridge slipped in between Pitt and his Yamaha team-mate Noriyuki Haga with Max Neukirchner taking the final place on the second row. We’ll be bringing you full results of all the weekends racing action and you can get all the behind the scenes gossip only in MCN, out Wednesday. Superpole results: Lanzi Corser Vermeulen Toseland Pitt Muggeridge Haga Neukirchner Kagayama Martin Chili Clementi Bostrom Schulten Abe Borciani Have you tried MCN Auctions yet? Click here