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Lavilla to defend BSB title

Lavilla to defend BSB title

Lavilla to defend BSB title

Gregorio Lavilla, the newly crowned British Superbike Champion, has signed on to continue with GSE Racing in 2006 and will partner Leon Haslam in the Airwaves Ducati squad for a second year.

Lavilla was highly sought after a stunning season, and his decision to stay with Airwaves Ducati outfit to defend his title is exciting news for the team and the championship as a whole.

Commenting on his decision to stay with Airwaves Ducati, the Spaniard said: "I have decided to stay with the team for one more year in British Superbikes because, having spoken lots to Darrell (Healey) and Colin (Wright), I believe that we can do good things together. This year the atmosphere within the team has been very good and that is very important to me and I know that if I stay with the team we can achieve even more. Next season's Championship will be good and I want to try to raise the level of it and of course try to win the Championship again."

On his hopes for next season, Lavilla added: "I expect there will be a lot of competition and some tough races, but I will be ready for that, the team will be ready for that and the bike will be ready too."

Gregorio joined the Airwaves Ducati team as a late replacement for the injured James Haydon in March. With little or no knowledge of many of the British Superbike Circuits when he joined, he quickly proved himself as one of the best riders and a title contender. Having developed a good relationship with Haslam, the team went from strength to strength and are looking to continue that into next year.

Team Principle Darrell Healey declared: "We are absolutely delighted Greg has decided to stay with us for next year, we appreciate that he is very hot property and I'm sure his decision was not an easy one to make. It's been our best season ever! After having a year out in 2004 no one could have predicted we would win the championship on our return. We are very proud of our team and the effort they all made".

Team Manager Colin Wright added: "We have proved to be the strongest team in the Championship, we have enjoyed 33 podium finishes, 8 lap records and only missed out on the podium in one race. Greg and Leon have given us six one-two's, resulting in Airwaves Ducati scoring 11 more points than its nearest rival! It's been a true team effort. For Greg to join us at Brands Hatch in March and then go on to win the championship is outstanding. Now, having secured him for 2006, it's yet another reason for the team to celebrate."

MotoGP, 2005

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