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BSB - Airwaves Ducati Complete first round of testing in Valencia - February 1st 2006


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    Leon Haslam had an exceptional second day of testing and pushed his bike to a 1m 34.6 second lap, only two tenths of a second behind WSB Ducati rider Troy Bayliss.

    Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam have completed the first of four tests on their new Ducati 999 F'06 machines in Valencia.

    The sun was shining over the Spanish track as the two Airwaves Ducati riders rode their 2006 bikes for the first time. Now riding the same bikes as the factory backed WSB Ducati team, Airwaves Ducati have been testing alongside their world counterparts as they complete their last round of testing before the WSB season commences.

    The first day in Valencia allowed both riders to familiarise themselves with their new bikes and the team understood that there was a lot to learn about the new technology. Having come off on the first day Leon Haslam had an exceptional second day of testing and pushed his bike to a 1m 34.6 second lap, only two tenths of a second behind WSB Ducati rider Troy Bayliss. Gregorio had a consistent couple of days clocking 1m 35 second laps regularly over the 120 laps that each of the riders completed during the two days, more than they have ever completed in a Spanish test.

    Both riders were delighted with their new machines and are looking ahead to the three further tests and ultimately the start of the Bennetts BSB season where both riders are sure to be major contenders for the title.

    Team Manager Colin Wright commented "The team is really happy with the way the last couple of days have gone here in Valencia, we have learnt plenty about the bikes and Greg, Leon and the team as a whole are pleased with the Ducati 999 F'06. Clocking times that are so close to Troy Bayliss in what is his last test and our first is very promising for the team."

    The next Airwaves Ducati test will begin on 18th February at Kyalami in South Africa.