After an impressive performance at Brands Hatch in round one of the British Superbike Championship the Airwaves Ducati riders look set to continue their form in round two at Donington Park this weekend.
Both riders had good practice sessions today in dry conditions with Gregorio Lavilla finishing top in the first of today's two 50 minute practices, with a fastest time of 1:32.529. Leon Haslam finished in ninth place with a time of 1:34.009. The two riders who split Lavilla and Haslam in the championship standings, Kiyonari and Harris, finished in fifth and third place respectively.
The team had to deal with some technical issues in second practice which meant that Lavilla only completed 16 laps and Haslam 13. However, the session finished with Gregorio Lavilla in fourth and Leon Haslam in seventh. The fastest time of the session was set by Jonathan Rea, who was two-tenths quicker round the 2.5 mile Derbyshire circuit than Lavilla had been in the first session.
Being his local track Leon Haslam is excited about this weekends racing. Despite carrying an ankle injury from his fall at Brands Hatch he thinks that the Airwaves Ducati team will improve on their championship points this weekend.
"The team are happy with today even though we completed fewer laps than planned in the second session. We will work on some final things in the morning and I am confident that we will have it right for qualifying and then gain valuable championship points on Sunday."
2005 British Superbike Champion Gregorio Lavilla commented "This morning's session was good but this afternoon we tried some different things and the results were not what we expected. However I am confident that we have sorted the problems out now. I am hoping it stays dry so we can complete some more laps on different settings in the morning, ready for qualifying in the afternoon."
Airwaves Ducati Team Manager Colin Wright summed up, "I and the team are disappointed that we were only able to complete a limited amount of laps today, but we are all confident that the technical errors which occurred this afternoon will all be sorted out for tomorrow."