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Ducati Airwaves Look To Build On Early Season Success At Monello Park - May 12th 2005

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    Airwaves Ducati aces Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam will be eager for more points as the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship gets underway this weekend at Mondello Park. Following four rounds of the series, the Airwaves pairing lie second and fourth in the Championship and have both made excellent starts to their title bids. The team will also be striving to continue a run of podiums stretching back to the first race of the season with a dominant performance at the circuit in County Kildare, Southern Ireland.

    Leon is particularly confident following his race victory last time out at Oulton Park, where a sensational performance in difficult circumstances secured a dramatic triumph. The 21-year-old tamed the tricky weather and track conditions to take the chequered flag, in the process confirming his emergence as a potential contender for the Championship. With many of his favourite circuits still to come this season, Leon will be aiming to continue his recent run of excellent results and place himself firmly in the running for the title.

    His teammate Gregorio is equally confident as he heads across the Irish Sea. The Spaniard will be experiencing the demanding circuit for the first time and will be aiming to learn the unique layout as quickly as possible. However, with six podiums out of eight so far this season on unfamiliar circuits, the 30-year-old has proved to be a fast learner and will not let his lack of prior knowledge affect his pursuit for his first race victory of the season.

    The 2.17-mile Mondello Park circuit is the newest on the BSB calendar, offering the riders another difficult challenge as they strive for crucial results. With recent resurfacing taking place, the team will hope that the twisty circuit is a great deal smoother than in its two previous years hosting BSB races. The venue is sure to welcome a fanatical crowd for the weekend's action and the Airwaves team will be looking to give their fans plenty to cheer.

    Team Manager, Colin Wright, is confident the team can continue their early season success in Southern Ireland: "The team have been buoyed by the results at Oulton Park and our first race victory. We know that another good weekend here will set us up brilliantly to challenge at the top of the Championship. Our return to BSB has gone very well and it is now a case of turning the regular podium finishes into race wins. That will be our main aim here at Mondello and I'm hopeful that we can keep the pressure on our rivals".

    Leon was particularly upbeat following his recent race win: "I was absolutely delighted with the reward for my efforts at Oulton Park. It was a circuit that I knew I could do well at and I proved how comfortable I'm feeling at the moment on the Airwaves-Ducati. I can't wait to get racing again and now I've experienced my first race victory of the season, I'll be aiming for more of the same at Mondello. I know the circuit a little bit from previous races here and see no reason why we can't go well this weekend".

    Gregorio was also looking forward to racing again: "Mondello is another track that I've never raced before but I will be aiming to learn the contours and bends as quickly as possible so that we can spend time working on various settings. I'm pleased with the way my season is shaping up but very eager to take a race victory. I know it will be tough but there's no reason why we can't succeed. I'll be putting every effort in to make sure we come away with a great set of results".

    Free Practice for the fifth round of the BSB series begins at Mondello Park on Friday 13th May, with the two Superbike races taking place on Sunday 15th May.