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Airwaves Ducati Eager To Close Championship At Knockhill
 
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Airwaves Ducati Eager To Close Championship At Knockhill - June 23rd 2005


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    As the halfway point of the season approaches, the Airwaves Ducati team head to Knockhill for round seven of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend eager for more success. With riders Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam lying 2nd and 5th in the Championship and the team second in the manufacturers' standings, the seventh round at the 1.29-mile, twisty, undulating Scottish circuit will represent a fantastic opportunity to close the gap at the top of the points tables.

    The whole Airwaves Ducati camp will be particularly hopeful for this weekend, following a successful test at Donington Park a week ago. Despite being restricted to a solitary afternoon's testing in which to complete their extensive aims, both riders were able to test out new TT25 Ohlins front forks as well as a series of new tyres. The results were especially positive with the riders praising the heightened consistency and feel provided by the MotoGP-spec forks and determined to take the experiences learnt at the Derbyshire circuit into this weekend's highly pressurized race environment.

    Airwaves Ducati Team Manager, Colin Wright, outlined his hopes for the weekend: "Considering that we squeezed our aims for a two day test into a single afternoon, we were delighted with how much we were able to achieve and it gives us a lot of confidence for Knockhill. Our aims for this weekend will be to ensure the guys build on what we've learnt in testing to secure some excellent results. Both Leon and Gregorio are feeling very comfortable on the bike at the moment and will be looking to challenge for victories".

    Gregorio, who will be looking to record his third consecutive BSB win following efforts at Mondello Park and Croft, was upbeat about his chances this weekend: "I've said all year that I needed laps away from the race meetings to discover the bike's full potential. At the races so far, we have had to work quickly to make the best of the situation. At the test, we had some clear aims of what we wanted to try, all the stuff we can't do during the race weekends and are close to getting the best from the bike. This obviously gives me a lot of confidence for Knockhill and I will be hoping that the changes we've made can help me claim another good result".

    Leon was upbeat about his own chances at the track: "I've raced Knockhill before a few years back on a 600cc and I also claimed my first ever win on a motorbike there so I'm hopeful I can do well. The forks we tried in testing felt great and there's a marked improvement in feel from earlier rounds so this should give me that extra bit of confidence I need to push for another race victory. I'm looking forward to the remaining tracks more than the ones we've raced already and if I can close the gap a little with two good results here then it will provide a terrific boost for the second half of the season".

    The seventh round of the BSB Championship at Knockhill, near Fife, starts with two free practice sessions on Friday 24th June, followed by two qualifying sessions on Saturday 25th June and two 30-lap races on Sunday 26th June.