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BSB - Airwaves Ducati Ahead of Schedule After Almeria Test - March 14th 2006


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    The sun was shining again for the Airwaves Ducati team's third test in Almeria, Spain. With an average air temperature of 23 C and a track temperature of 30 Leon Haslam improved on his previous fastest lap of the Almeria circuit by 0.8 seconds whilst Gregorio Lavilla reduced his best by 0.5 seconds.

    After such a successful first day the team decided that they would not test on the second day at Almeria as both bikes and riders would benefit more from the final test at Albacete. Having completed their first set of laps on a sun drenched Almeria circuit, Leon Haslam was pleased to be clocking much faster times than the same test this time last year and was happy with how his Ducati 999 F'06 was performing and is eager for the season to start.

    "I just want to be on that start line at Brands Hatch now. Preparations have gone really well and we are all in a confident mood. It's now just about putting the finishing touches to the bike. I am personally feeling really happy with how pre-season testing has gone for me but I am especially looking forward to the next test as other riders will be there and will be a good comparison for the start of the season."

    Lavilla summed up his mood saying "It's great to ride some laps on a circuit that I know and be quicker than I was last year. I am more prepared this year and that is a good feeling to have and a good place to be. The bike is feeling very good now and everything is working well so I am just looking forward to a little more testing at Albacete where we will be able to confirm that. It will also be good for me and the team as there will be other riders on the circuit and so we will have some competition."

    The Airwaves Ducati team are now ahead of schedule in preparation for the start of the 2006 Bennetts British Superbike Championship commencing at Brands Hatch on 26th March.