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Lavilla aiming to extend unbeaten BSB start

Lavilla aiming to extend unbeaten BSB start

The third round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place this coming weekend with early runaway leader Gregorio Lavilla aiming to continue his perfect start to the season at Silverstone on Sunday.

The third round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place this coming weekend with early runaway leader Gregorio Lavilla aiming to continue his perfect start to the season at Silverstone on Sunday.

As he attempts to reclaim the title from Ryuichi Kiyonari, 2005 winner Lavilla has made the perfect start to the campaign for his Airwaves Ducati team with four wins in the opening two rounds at Brands Hatch and Thruxton, to lead the championship standings on 100 points.

The 33 year-old Spanish rider was beaten by Kiyonari in both races at Silverstone last year but is a fan of the Northamptonshire circuit, commenting ahead of the third round of the season: "It's a flowing track which always gives great racing, but even though it seems there is a wide racing line normally it is very narrow, which makes overtaking quite difficult. The last chicane is a very tricky one but very enjoyable when going fast."

Behind Lavilla in the current championship standings sits former British 125GP and Supersport winner Leon Camier, who has started his debut season in the domestic top flight brilliantly, taking a pair of closely fought runner-up spots and a third place onboard his Bike Animal Honda. The 20 year-old from Kent is 33 points adrift of Lavilla and will hope for his first win of the year at Silverstone to close the gap.

Reigning champion Kiyonari and his HM Plant Honda team-mate, Jonathan Rea, another talented 20 year-old, are currently joint third in the standings. The pair will both be keen to make the top step of the podium here, Kiyonari particularly so given his strong pedigree at Silverstone and the 51 point deficit he has to make up to catch Lavilla and defend his crown.

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MotoGP, 2007

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