Régis Laconi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Regis Laconi)
Jump to: navigation, search
Régis Laconi
Regis Laconi SBK Assen 2009.jpg
Nationality French
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1992, 1995 - 2000, 2002
First race 1992 125cc French Grand Prix
Last race 2002 500cc Valencia Grand Prix
First win 1999 500cc Valencia Grand Prix
Last win 1999 500cc Valencia Grand Prix
Team(s) Aprilia, WCM Yamaha
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
100 1 2 1 0 427
Superbike World Championship
Active years 2001, 2003 - 2009
Manufacturers Ducati, Kawasaki
2009 Championship position 15th
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
173 11 28 7 10

Régis Laconi (born 8 July 1975 in Saint-Dizier, Haute-Marne) is a French former professional motorcycle racer. In 2009 he competed in the Superbike World Championship for DFX on a Ducati. He was runner-up in 2004, and has won races in both 500cc and the Superbike World Championship.

Early career[edit]

Régis has a French mother and Italian father. He started racing in 1991 in the French 125cc championship. He won this title in 1992, the French 250cc title a year later, and the European 250cc champion in 1994. For 1995 he went to the 250cc World Championship, but was never a front-runner in his two seasons there.

500cc[edit]

1997 was his first season on a 500cc Grand Prix bike, but his World Championship season was marred by injury, missing four rounds after being run over twice in a first-turn incident at the A1 Ring. With Red Bull backing he returned for 1998, riding a Yamaha for three years. He finished 10th, 11th and 12th in the series in this time, but won at Valencia in 1999 [1]

Superbike World Championship [2][edit]

For 2001 he was a factory Aprilia WSBK rider. He led the first lap of the season, but struggled for much of the season on circuits he did not know. Until the final round at Imola his best result was a 4th, but he benefitted from knowing this circuit (which, like himself, was new to WSBK after being familiar in 500cc). He qualified 2nd, and won the second race, after running strongly in race 1 before being taken out by a fall for champion Troy Bayliss. A move to MotoGP for 2002 was not successful, with a best result of 8th, so for 2003 he returned to WSBK for the Caracchi Ducati team, doing enough to earn a factory ride for 2004 by taking 5 podium finishes, finishing 4th in a relatively weakened championship.

He and team-mate James Toseland were clear favourites for the 2004 title, which Toseland took at the final round of the season, in spite of Régis taking 5 poles and 7 wins, and having what is seen as the stronger team of mechanics. His 2005 season was interrupted by injury, and for 2006 he switched to Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse. He finished the season behind his two team-mates in the championship, taking 15th place, with Chris Walker in 9th and Fonsi Nieto in 10th.

He remained with the team for 2007 and finished 10th overall. He continues with the same team for 2008. At Misano the team ran in a localised San Marino livery, but unfortunately both he and team-mate Makoto Tamada crashed in race 1, forcing Laconi to run race 2 in the conventional green Kawasaki livery.

For 2009 Laconi switched to private Ducatis, riding the sole DFX machine. Results were strong early in the season, however he was seriously injured when he crashed heavily during the opening moments of the first practice of the Kyalami round of the World Superbike Championship.[3] As of 20 May 2009 it was reported that Laconi awakened from his medically induced coma and is reported to have full movement in his arms, hands and legs. Laconi has undergone surgery to clasp his cervical vertebrae back together and it is expected he will remain immobile for some time.

Laconi returned for an exploratory test for the DFX Corse Ducati Team at Misano in June 2010 following his horrific crash at Kyalami in 2009. Regis had been training on his bicycle and after more than 70 laps with a best time of 1'37"800, he proved that his talent is still intact. But any thoughts of returning to racing for the moment are premature and totally groundless.The friendship that ties Regis to team manager Daniele Carli enabled the test to take place.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
1992 125cc Honda JPN
AUS
MAL
SPA
ITA
EUR
GER
NED
HUN
FRA
26
GBR
BRA
RSA
NC 0
1995 250cc Honda AUS
Ret
MAL
21
JPN
15
SPA
20
GER
Ret
ITA
19
NED
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
15
CZE
21
BRA
Ret
ARG
14
EUR
Ret
27th 4
1996 250cc Honda MAL
Ret
INA
16
JPN
14
SPA
Ret
ITA
14
FRA
11
NED
Ret
GER
8
GBR
7
AUT
9
CZE
16
IMO
Ret
CAT
10
BRA
Ret
AUS
12
15th 43
1997 500cc Honda MAL
12
JPN
12
SPA
10
ITA
10
AUT
Ret
FRA
NED
IMO
GER
BRA
9
GBR
Ret
CZE
7
CAT
11
INA
16
AUS
5
14th 52
1998 500cc Yamaha JPN
DNS
MAL
SPA
14
ITA
10
FRA
11
MAD
7
NED
9
GBR
8
GER
5
CZE
9
IMO
12
CAT
8
AUS
7
ARG
6
10th 86
1999 500cc Yamaha MAL
7
JPN
Ret
SPA
7
FRA
8
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
12
GBR
Ret
GER
13
CZE
9
IMO
5
VAL
1
AUS
3
RSA
14
BRA
11
ARG
12
11th 103
2000 500cc Yamaha RSA
9
MAL
9
JPN
14
SPA
8
FRA
9
ITA
7
CAT
13
NED
8
GBR
12
GER
7
CZE
13
POR
5
VAL
6
BRA
8
PAC
11
AUS
11
12th 106
2002 MotoGP Aprilia JPN
8
RSA
15
SPA
14
FRA
9
ITA
8
CAT
14
NED
Ret
GBR
16
GER
Ret
CZE
16
POR
Ret
BRA
Ret
PAC
11
MAL
17
AUS
Ret
VAL
Ret
19th 33

References[edit]

External links[edit]


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Italy Giuseppe Fiorillo
250 cc motorcycle European Champion
1994
Succeeded by
Italy Luca Boscoscuro
Preceded by
JJ Lehto
Tommi Mäkinen
Kari Tiainen
Race of Champions
Nations' Cup

2000 with:
Yvan Muller
Gilles Panizzi
Succeeded by
Fernando Alonso
Jesús Puras
Rubén Xaus