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BSB: Lavilla, Rutter and Kiyonari in the chase of the crown

BSB: Lavilla, Rutter and Kiyonari in the chase of the crown

BSB: Lavilla, Rutter and Kiyonari in the chase of the crown

Bennetts British Superbike returns to action at Oulton Park, in Cheshire, on Sunday 11 September, with three riders knowing that nothing short of victories will suffice if they are to maintain their hopes of taking the title.

Gregorio Lavilla heads the pack. The Airwaves Ducati rider grabbed the initiative in the previous round at Cadwell Park, taking a pair of second placings to leapfrog above the HM Plant Honda duo of Michael Rutter and Ryuichi Kiyonari who both had disappointing times at their teams local circuit.

The dramatic Holiday Monday action turned the title race on its head, with Lavilla, who started the season as a rider replacement for the then injured James Haydon in the Ducati team, taking full advantage. The Spaniard has brought a cultured riding style to the series, and underlined his great skill by rapidly learning the demanding Cadwell Park circuit to take positive results.

He now feels he is a good position. `I know and like the circuits that host the final three rounds so am feeling good about racing on them and hope to be able to score points´, said Lavilla as he prepares to extend the slender two points advantage he has over Rutter.

Rutter has been close to the crown on four occasions and is determined that this will be his year, but, a 46 point lead has been overturned, and now the pressure is really on him. He cannot count on any tactical riding either from his teamster Kiyonari, who, placed a further seven points adrift, has a great chance of becoming the first ever Japanese rider to win the title. The exciting 22-year-old has won more races, ten, than anyone else this season but has lacked consistency which leaves him playing catch-up.

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MotoGP, 2005

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