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Ducati Airwaves Seek To Maintain Championship Bid at Oulton Park - April 28th 2005

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    Airwaves Ducati head to Oulton Park this weekend for the fourth round of the British Superbike Championship with their main goal being to register their first race victory of the season at the Cheshire circuit. With the Bank Holiday meeting being the second of back-to-back races, the team are hoping to build on their impressive display at Mallory Park, where both riders secured podiums on a circuit entirely unsuited to the Airwaves-Ducati 999F04 machinery. The duo were made to work extremely hard in difficult circumstances for their rewards but are hopeful for even better results at Oulton Park.

    With no time to rest on their laurels, the team will be taking many positives from their efforts last weekend in to this round. Furthermore, the 2.692-mile picturesque Cheshire circuit has been earmarked by many as a track that will favour the Airwaves-Ducatis, leaving riders Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam hopeful for their opening race victories of the season.

    Haslam has useful experience of Oulton from last year's BSB round. Lavilla, meanwhile, has already proved this season that despite no first hand knowledge of tracks, it does not hold him back when it comes to achieving results. Furthermore, the Spaniard has shown himself to be technically gifted, which will serve him well round the tight, technical corners of Oulton Park.

    The circuit is well known for the physical challenge it provides with bends such as Lodge, Druids and Cascades. It offers numerous opportunities for riders to pass and promises to provide more competitive racing, with the Airwaves Ducati pair keen to capitalize fully and continue their burgeoning title bid.

    During a busy pre race build up, Team Manager, Colin Wright expressed his hopes for the coming weekend: "Oulton Park is arguably one of the most 'Ducati friendly' circuits of the season - the current lap record was achieved on a Ducati and we are confident for the race. We're well aware that we won't have things all our own way but following our impressive performance last week at a track that didn't suit us, we're ready to push on for our first race victory of the season. Our boys are fit and raring to go."

    Leon was particularly upbeat: "I was really pleased with the way things went at Mallory- the team worked hard all weekend, so I was delighted to gain two excellent results and my first podium of the season. That result has meant I 'm raring to go at Oulton and want to be challenging for more podiums and hopefully my first victory of the season. I've always liked Oulton Park and I'm confident that we can do well there."

    Gregorio was also looking forward to racing again so soon after his Mallory Park exploits: "Mallory Park was a completely different type of track to the ones I'm used to. I'm told that Oulton Park has a much more international feel to it and is more in line with circuits that I have raced in the past- the lap length is much longer and the corners are more suited to my natural riding style. I've completely recovered from my accident last week and despite never having ridden at Oulton, I'm excited by the prospect and eager to get racing again".

    Free Practice for the fourth round of the BSB series begins at Oulton Park on Saturday 30th April, with the two Superbike races taking place on Bank holiday Monday, 2nd May.