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Excellent Test For Airwaves Ducati In Albercete - March 19th 2007

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    Airwaves Ducati have completed their winter testing abroad with outstanding results in Albacete, Spain. Gregorio Lavilla recorded a time of 1:30.12 on a race tyre whilst team mate Leon Haslam lapped in a time of 1:30.62.

    The team had scheduled a 3 day test at the 3.539 km circuit but Greg finished his testing plan in 2 days. Over the 603 km's he completed during the test he recorded a race simulation time 4.6 seconds faster than last year which was outstanding.

    Leon continued into day 3 to fine tune his settings and investigate fuel mapping improvements, eventually completing 241 laps.

    During the test both riders broke the 1:30 mark on qualifying tyres with Greg clocking a time of 1:29.96 and Leon 1:29.85.

    Throughout the team's winter testing schedule Dunlop have made huge progress with the team's tyre requirements providing development tyres that have returned superb results.

    After such a successful test Greg was clearly happy with how well things were going as the season approaches saying, "I am pleased with how the test has gone as we completed everything that we had planned to do. We concentrated on problems that we experienced at the end of last season and so far we have not had a problem with any of those things, which I hope will continue into the season! I was also able to try a number of different set up's which we talked about last year but have not been able to try until now and they also worked well. The race run went very well and my times were good. If the bike and Dunlop tyres continue working as well as they have in Almeria and Albacete on the BSB tracks then we will be highly competitive in 2007."

    Leon Haslam was also pleased with his test. "I am really happy with how things have gone in Albacete as I was quickest in every session until I crashed. The crash didn't really affect me as I was not hurt but it cost us some valuable time as I had planned to do some race runs but was not able to. On the whole it was a good test and my aim for Snetterton now is just to acclimatise myself and fine tune the bike for the cooler conditions that we are expecting."

    The Airwaves Ducati team are now looking ahead to their last test at Snetterton on 24-25th March before the season commences at Brands Hatch on April 9th.