2004 VIR was postponed by Hurricane Ivan, and the reschedule date was after the end of the WSBK season. Rumors were already swirling that Ducati was bringing someone in from Europe for 2005 to team with Eric but it was still a total shock for the most part when the announcement was made that Ducati would be running three bikes at VIR - and that current Ducati Corse SBK factory star Regis Laconi, fresh off a 4 race winning streak and just missing the WSBK title to team mate James Toseland would be on one of them. With him was Lorenzo Lanzi, at that time being groomed, it was assumed for big things within Ducati Corse. We came to VIR expecting quite a show.
Photos By Vicki Smith