WSB: Lanzi to replace Laconi - confirmed

Visordown broke the news last week; now here's official confirmation of Regis' replacement

Posted: 27 May 2009
by Visordown News

VISORDOWN BROKE the story last week and now it's been confirmed that Ducati DFX Corse has announced that from the upcoming race at Miller Motorsports Park (USA) this weekend, Lorenzo Lanzi will take the place of Regis Laconi.

According to the team: "With the signing of Lanzi the Veneto-based team aims to continue to compete at the highest possible level in one of the toughest World Superbike championships in recent years. Until the complete recovery of Laconi and an eventual decision on whether or not the Frenchman will return to racing, it has been decided to give a chance to an Italian rider with great potential: Lorenzo Lanzi."

Laconi broke his neck in two places (C3 and C5) in a horrific highside during the first session at Kyalami just over a week ago. He has had a successful operation to plate the effected vertebrae but will still be in recovery for months to come.

Lanzi, 28, and has already accumulated considerable experience on twin-cylinder Ducati machines. He has taken part in 94 WSB races, scoring three wins (the last of which was Valencia in 2008 on the Xerox Ducati), six podiums, one pole position and two fastest laps.

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