GSE Racing today confirmed they will be competing in British Superbike next
season and rider Leon Haslam has also confirmed that he will be staying with
the team. After a hugely successful year GSE Racing and Leon especially are
relishing the prospect of another highly competitive year in the British
Superbike Championship in 2006.
After twelve rounds and 24 races the Airwaves Ducati team will head to
Brands Hatch to decide the 2005 Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
After an incredible display of top quality riding in Round Twelve at
Donington Park the Airwaves Ducati rider Gregorio Lavilla will go into the
final round with a 13 point lead at the top of the table. The Spaniard's
team-mate Leon Haslam, who had two podium finishes at Donington, will be
looking to finish the season off in a similar style.
With 50 points available from this weekend's races only two riders are in
contention for the 2005 Bennetts British Superbike title, Airwaves Ducati
rider Gregorio Lavilla and Japanese rider Ryuichi Kiyonari.
This will be the second time that the riders have visited Brands Hatch this
season although this time they will race over the longer Grand Prix circuit,
widely renowned as one of the biggest challenges in UK motor racing. Having
raced here in Round One over the shorter Indy circuit, notching up some good
results, the team is likely to be spurred on by knowing that GSE Racing is
going to remain in British Superbikes for another season.
Haslam and Lavilla have both expressed how comfortable they now feel with
the Airwaves Ducati 999F04 and after the last race at Donington Lavilla was
overjoyed with his first BSB race double saying "I know Brands well and the
performance of the bike is now very good so I'm hopeful for the last round."
Leon was also happy with his performance and the team's one-two in the
second race at Donington Park saying "Race two was perfect for us and I was
really happy with the bike. The more one-twos for the team the better and
I'm feeling good going to Brands Hatch for the final round."
The Championship will be decided in front of a crowd of thousands at the
Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit and Colin Wright the GSE Racing Team Manager
said "We're in a great position going into the last round and we'll be
concentrating on finishing the job at Brands Hatch."
So as the season draws to a close at Brands Hatch the Airwaves Ducati team
will be looking to propel themselves to the 2005 Bennetts British Superbike
Championship in their first season back in the competition.