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Lavilla Confirmed At Paul Bird Motorsport

Author: Cartersport
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 06 2007

2005 British Superbike Champion, Gregorio Lavilla is the rider who has been entrusted to ride for the Cumbrian businessman and the Spaniard will return to the World Championship full time after a four year break.
Bird has secured the necessary backing from his sponsors, although it has yet to be decided as to what branding Lavillas bikes will run when the opening round gets underway in Qatar on February 23rd and an announcement will follow in due course.
Paul Bird:

Its back to our tried and tested formula of a one rider team and thats where weve had most of our successes in the past. The team will be geared around Greg and hell get everything he needs to make sure we have the best chance possible. Its a new venture for us but its one that the whole team is very excited about and we aim to start testing very soon in readiness for the opening round in Qatar.

Gregorio Lavilla:

It has always been my aim to get back into the World Superbike Championship on a competitive bike and Im very grateful to Paul Bird and his team for this opportunity. I have enjoyed my time in BSB very much and Im sad to be leaving as I have made many good friends and it has been a good time for my career. Id like to say thank you to my fans and not only do I have a home race in Spain next season, but I have two more home races in England and Im very much looking forward to it.

Name: Gregorio Lavilla
Born: 29/9/73 aged 34
Hometown: Tarragona, Spain

1991 Debut season in Spanish 75cc Championship

1992 2nd Spanish 125cc Championship

1993 1st Spanish Sport Production Championship

1994 1st Spanish Supersport Championship & Sport Production Cship

1995 250cc GP with MX-Onda points in NL & AUS

1996 WSB Debut at Albecete as Wild Card 11th & 12th

1997 2nd German Superbike Championship (Ducati), WSB Wild Cards GB, D & ESP scoring 18 points

1998 12th WSB with De Cecco Ducati, 500cc GP Debut 11th

1999 8th WSB with Kawasaki Racing Team

2000 10th WSB with Kawasaki Racing Team

2001 10th WSB with Kawasaki Racing Team

2002 10th WSB with Alstare Corona Suzuki

2003 5th WSB with Alstare Corona Suzuki

2004 Suzuki MotoGP Test/Reserve rider 16th in AUS, BSB Debut 3rd at Thruxton

2005 1st British Superbike Championship with Airwaves Ducati

2006 3rd British Superbike Championship with Airwaves Ducati

2007 4th British Superbike Championship with Airwaves Ducati

2008 World Superbike Championship with Paul Bird Motorsport

2008 World Superbike Championship Provisional Calendar

23 February Losail, Qatar

2 March Phillip Island, Australia

6 April Valencia, Spain

27 April Assen, Netherlands

11 May Monza, Italy

1 June Miller, Utah, USA

15 June TBA

29 June Misano, Italy

20 July Brno, Czech Republic

3 August Brands Hatch, GB

24 August TBA

7 September Donington Park, GB

28 September Vallelunga, Italy

5 October Magny Cours, France

26 October Portimao, Portugal

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