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Lavilla does the double at Donington

25 September 2005

Airwaves Ducati rider Gregorio Lavilla has taken his first double at Donington Park for the twelfth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, putting him in prime spot for the title heading to the final round of the championship at Brands Hatch.

Lavilla's team-mate, Leon Haslam, took second place and Ryuichi Kiyonari came home in third meaning Lavilla has extended his championship lead to thirteen points and it's now a two horse race between Lavilla and HM Plant Honda rider Kiyonari for the title.

Michael Rutter finished just off the podium in fourth place after having taken the lead and held it for five laps. Lavilla soon reeled him in and both Airwaves Ducatis squeezed past him at Redgate.

Due to a heavy downpour earlier in the afternoon, the track was still drying out but the wet line caught out numerous riders. The first fallers were Steve Plater and Tommy Hill who simultaneously lost the front at Redgate and simply followed one another into the gravel.

It wasn't a good race either for outgoing British champion, John Reynolds, who threw his Rizla Suzuki down the road at the Old Hairpin. He lost the front on a wet patch but JR walked away, although his bike took a bit of a bashing as it tumbled into the dirt. His team, however, are confident in progress made with the bike this weekend and that they will be on for a win at Brands Hatch.

The Virgin Mobile Samsung Yamaha team's luck went from bad to worse when Sean Emmett also crashed out at Schwantz Curve. Crash.net spoke with Rob McElnea, the Yamaha team manger, and he admitted that it has been a difficult season and today was no exception.

Matt Llewellyn, replacing the injured Chris Burns for the AIM Yamaha team, bit the dust at the Old Hairpin. He was fine but the bike cart-wheeled and didn't look too clever.

Michael Pensavalle also crashed at the Old Hairpin, and whilst the marshals were clearing his bike out of the gravel, Glen Richards crashed and his tumbling machine narrowly missed hitting a marshal who was left to dive for cover. It was an unfortunate crash for Richards as he had been in third place at the time of the incident. The final fallers were Kieran Clarke and Dennis Hobbs.

Marty Nutt took the win in the privateers cup, which translated to fourteenth overall, scorin BSB championship points. Nutt dedicated his win to Richard Britton who lost his life last weekend in a road race in southern Ireland.

BSB race two results – Donington Park:

1.Gregorio Lavilla
2.Leon Haslam
3.Ryuichi Kiyonari
4.Michael Rutter
5.James Haydon
6.Dean Thomas
7.Gary Mason
8.Scott Smart
9.Karl Harris
10.Michael Laverty


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