Airwaves Ducati Ready To Defend Their Championship Title - March 22nd 2006
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Airwaves Ducati return to racing action this weekend for the 2006 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch. After being so successful in 2005, the team will be aiming for victory at the 1.2 mile Indy circuit.
Testing over the winter has seen the team get to grips with their new Ducati 999F06 bikes. After four tests 2005 Champion Gregorio Lavilla and team mate Leon Haslam are both eager to start the season.
The shorter of the two Brands Hatch circuits hold mixed memories for the Airwaves Ducati riders. This time last year, having had little experience on the circuit, Gregorio Lavilla started his championship winning season by gaining podium places in both races. Leon Haslam qualified in pole position and finished the second race in fourth having failed to finish race one.
Both riders will be contending their second season for the Airwaves Ducati team and team manager Colin Wright is confident about the year ahead, "Obviously 2005 was a great year for the team and with Gregorio and Leon staying on for a second year we know we are the target for other teams this season. We are now familiar with the F06 bike, had four great tests and the whole team just can't wait to get going."
Gregorio Lavilla said "I am really happy with where I am compared to this time last year. I have had the opportunity to test with the team and having ridden the Brands Hatch Indy circuit before I am excited about going there again. The circuit has such good memories for me from the last round in 2005 that I can't wait to get back there to start the new season. I am feeling very confident for this year and I think the Airwaves Ducati team will be the ones to watch!"
Leon Haslam finished fourth in the 2005 Championship and is confident of improving on that final position by the end of 2006. "I learnt a great deal last season and I am excited about getting back out there and improving on my final championship position. Testing in South Africa and Spain went really well and I am really confident with the new bike and the season ahead; I just want to get started."