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Airwaves Ducati Confirm Rider Line-Up
 
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Airwaves Ducati Confirm Rider Line-Up - April 22nd 2005


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    London, UK (22nd April)- With the third round of the British Superbike Championship at Mallory Park rapidly approaching on 24th April, Airwaves Ducati were today pleased to finalise their line up. The team announced that Gregorio Lavilla will ride the Airwaves-Ducati 999F04 for the remainder of the season as they continue their bid for the championship title at the Leicestershire circuit. The Spaniard has been installed alongside 21-year-old Leon Haslam. The team also confirmed that James Haydon, for the good of the team and Airwaves Ducati, would stand down for the rest of the season.

    Airwaves Ducati have made an excellent start to the season with Haslam and Lavilla riding the Airwaves Ducati 999F04, currently lying second in the championship. Having secured four podiums from four starts, the performances of 30-year-old Lavilla have been very impressive and this has lead to James making this difficult decision to enable the team to make today's announcement.

    Team Manager, Colin Wright, confirmed: "The last couple of weeks have not been an easy time for all involved but the team are extremely grateful to James for standing down and allowing Gregorio to continue riding. We appreciate that this was the hardest of decisions for him to make and are pleased to confirm that James will be with us at Mallory Park supporting the team. We are fully focused on continuing the excellent progress we've made in the first two rounds and are looking forward to the rest of the season."

    James, although disappointed, commented: "This was a very difficult decision to make but, for the good of the team and Airwaves Ducati, I will stand down to allow Gregorio to continue to fly the flag for Airwaves Ducati. I wish the team all the best for the rest of the season."

    The team will now be turning their attentions to the race weekend at Mallory Park, aiming to secure their first victories of the season and keep the pressure on the other teams.