With one week to go before the action kicks off at Brands Hatch the Kent based GSE Racing Airwaves Ducati Team are looking ahead to a championship that is set to be one of the most competitive for many years.
In 2006 Airwaves Ducati riders Leon Haslam and Gregorio Lavilla finished the season in 2nd and 3rd respectively, achieving 11 wins, five 1-2 finishes, 38 podiums, 9 pole positions and 6 lap records, in a title chase that came down to the last race.
The team will return to the championship this year with the same riders and team line up for an unprecedented 3rd year running. They will be looking to regain the BSB title they won in 2005 and retain the coveted 2006 Manufacturers title, beginning on their home track, Brands Hatch, on April 9th.
Throughout the team's European winter testing schedule they have recorded some excellent times whilst working on key aspects with the bikes. Dunlop, especially, has made huge progress with the team's tyre requirements providing development tyres that have returned superb results. During the teams final test at Snetterton last weekend both riders re-acclimatized to the colder, wetter UK weather and completed final preparations for Brands Hatch in a week's time.
Gregorio Lavilla is excited about the prospect of getting the season underway saying, "I am really looking forward to going to Brands Hatch and starting the season now. During testing we have concentrated on problems that we experienced at the end of last season and we have been able to try a number of different set up's which we talked about last year but have not been able to try until the winter. These have worked well and if the bike and Dunlop tyres continue working as well as they did in Almeria and Albacete then I am sure we will get the season off to a good start and be highly competitive in 2007."
Leon Haslam echoed his teammate's excitement about the start of the new season saying, "Everything has gone really well during the winter and I am really happy. The bike is feeling good, I just can't wait to get to Brands and get started."
GSE Racing Team Principal Darrell Healey is also looking ahead with anticipation to Easter weekend adding, "We are very excited about the 2007 British Superbike season; it is going to be one of the most exciting seasons ever and just reaffirms that GSE Racing is at the forefront of the most competitive domestic championship in the world. We have enjoyed great success at GSE Racing over the past few years, and we are hoping that 2007 will be no different and will see us reclaim the British Superbike title as well as retain the Manufacturers title that we won last year. I for one just can't wait to get started!"