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BSB - Airwave Ducati's Haslam Takes Pole Position At Cadwell Park - August 28th 2005


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    Airwaves Ducati rider Leon Haslam took a sensational pole position at Cadwell Park today, as qualifying for the tenth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship concluded. The Englishman's teammate, Gregorio Lavilla, joined him on the front row, qualifying in third following the two sessions at the Lincolnshire track. With both riders starting on the front row for the second weekend in succession, hopes are high amongst the team for tomorrow's 18-lap double header.

    Leon was quick throughout the day and regularly at the top of the time sheets, his time in the morning session of 1.27.280s enough to secure his second pole position of the season. Gregorio spent the majority of the day familiarising himself further with the tricky circuit, before setting an excellent qualifying time of 1.27.655s, shortly before the end of the afternoon. Both riders worked hard to fine tune their Airwaves Ducati 999F04s and will be looking for race wins tomorrow.

    Airwaves Ducati Team Manager, Colin Wright, was pleased to have both riders on the front row: "Leon has shown himself to be consistently quick round the circuit and the pole position was reward for all his efforts. For Gregorio to join him on the front row was also a fantastic effort, especially considering this was only his second visit to the circuit and he has only completed a fraction of the laps that his rivals have. It has been a true team effort, if we continue this momentum we can look forward to some good race results tomorrow".

    Leon was delighted to take pole position: "Everything is looking good and I feel very comfortable on the bike. I battled to improve my qualifying time this afternoon but was unable to find clear track on my fast laps. Our race times are good as well and it is obviously fantastic to be on pole. We are the only other manufacturer to be on pole position this season so that's great for the team. I will be looking to challenge for race victories tomorrow".

    Gregorio was pleased with his qualifying position: "It's a great result and I'm happy to be on the front row. This circuit is narrow and like nothing I've seen before so it's a big advantage to start with clear track in front of me. I don't feel under much pressure even though I know we are at a crucial time for the Championship but the races are going to be tough for sure".

    The tenth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship continues tomorrow with two 18-lap races.