Airwaves Ducati will visit one of the fastest tracks on the British Superbike calendar this weekend, for round 5 of the championship. The 1.952 mile Snetterton circuit in Norwich was originally an airfield and the two former runways now make two of the longest and fastest straights in the UK.
In qualifying at Snetterton last year the Airwaves Ducati riders rode two of the fastest times ever seen at the circuit and qualified first and second on the grid. In the two exciting and action packed races that followed Leon Haslam achieved two 2nd places and Gregorio Lavilla came 3rd in the first race but failed to finish a dramatic second race.
The speed required on Snetterton's long straights coupled with few opportunities to overtake makes Snetterton a challenging circuit for the Ducati's. However, having achieved their first one-two of the season in the last round at Oulton Park, the team are confident for a good result this weekend.
Leon is hoping to continue the good form that saw him achieve two 2nd places in the last round at Oulton Park. "I am feeling good for this weekend; I have taken a lot of confidence from my result at Oulton Park and I hope that I can achieve another solid result at Snetterton. It is a hard circuit for the Ducati as the long straights don't suit us so much, but we have achieved some good results here in the past. Last year I came 2nd in both races here so I know I am capable of a good performance this weekend and I am looking forward to getting started."
Greg thinks that the speed of the circuit will have an impact on this weekends results saying; "Previous experience suggests that this weekend will be one of the hardest of the season. From a riders point of view Snetterton is quite a difficult circuit as it is just two straights and two corners. As our Ducati is not the fastest on the straights and there are limited opportunities to overtake we may suffer because of that but we have done well here in the past so we will have to see. All the 4 cylinder bikes have also been on good form and are likely to go well at Snetterton but our bike is working well too, so it should be a good but tough race."
Qualifying for round 5 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place on Saturday May 19th followed by two races on Sunday May 20th.