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BSB - Airwaves Ducati Hope to Extand Championship Lead at Oulton Park
 
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BSB - Airwaves Ducati Hope to Extand Championship Lead at Oulton Park - September 8th 2005


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    Airwaves Ducati return to Oulton Park this weekend for the second time this season as the eleventh round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place at the 2.69-mile Cheshire circuit. With riders Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam triumphing in 6 of the last 7 rounds and turning the BSB series on its head last time out at Cadwell Park, the Airwaves Ducati team will be in confident mood.

    Gregorio took the Championship lead at Cadwell Park by virtue of his pair of second positions, whilst Leon extended his recent good form by taking a victory in the second race to go with a good points finish in race one. Both riders performed well at Oulton Park earlier this season in round four of the series, when Gregorio claimed a podium in race one and Leon took a sensational victory in race two. With these results and their prior experience of the circuit, both riders will be eager for further success this weekend, as the Championship comes down to the wire.

    Airwaves Ducati Team Manager, Colin Wright, is aware of the stakes but insists the team will be fully focused: "The last three rounds this season promise to be action-packed and exciting for all those watching them. We've got to where we are this season through lots of hard work and we will be looking to continue this weekend at Oulton Park. We're delighted with the recent performances of Gregorio and Leon and will be aiming for a good set of results this weekend to keep us in with a chance for the Championship".

    Leon was looking forward to racing at Oulton Park: "I like Oulton Park as a circuit and proved that with a race win here earlier in the season. I was quick in both races that weekend but was unfortunate with an incident on the warm up lap in race one. The circuit should suit the Ducatis this weekend and I feel very comfortable on the bike at the moment. Cadwell Park was a good round for the team and proved that we are performing well at the right time in the season. Although, the Championship is not a realistic option for me, I know how important it is for the team and will still be pushing for race wins from now until the end of the season".

    Gregorio is looking forward to racing at Oulton Park again: "I'm not concentrating on the situation in the Championship and there is certainly no added pressure. It is of course good to be ahead but it is only 2 points so makes no difference to when I was third. It will be like starting again from zero in these last three races and I know we will all be trying our hardest. I'm ready to race in all conditions though I would prefer it to be dry if possible as we have less experience of this bike in the wet. I did well in the first race at Oulton earlier in the season and it is a good track so I'm hopeful for this weekend".

    Free Practice for the eleventh round of the BSB series begins at Oulton Park on Friday 9th September, with the two Superbike races taking place on Sunday 11th September.