Lavilla makes his pitch.

Gregorio Lavilla has given prospective employers something to think about heading into the off-season after almost parting with a podium for Paul Bird Motorsport.

With PBM tipped to announce a switch to become Kawasaki's factory outfit in 2009, complete with riders Makoto Tamada and Broc Parkes, Lavilla is without a team next season. Even so, he did his utmost to impress in Portugal.

Despite leaving himself with a job to do from 17th on the grid, Lavilla was one of the few riders to protect the tyres of the Vent-Axia VK Honda, a factor that worked him into play in the latter stages of the race.

Running as high as fourth as he diced with the better funded Ten Kate and HM Plant Hondas, Lavilla would eventually cross the line in sixth when he high-sided on the very final corner and almost fell.

It was a similar story in the second race, Lavilla working his way up the order to launch a late-race charge, although this time it was only good enough for eighth.

"I'm very happy to end the season on a high and achieve these good results in Portimao. We have had our ups and downs this year and worked hard to set-up the bike and make valuable improvements as a team. As with anything, the more experience you have on the bike, with your team and the people you work with, things can only improve.”

Finishing as the top privateer rider in 12th overall, with a best result of fourth place at Donington Park, Lavilla admits he is sad to be leaving PBM, but adds that he has enjoyed his time back in World Superbikes.

“I feel that I have done what was expected of me this year and all the team can be proud of finishing in 12th place in the championship and the first privateer team. It's a shame that I will not continue next year with the team but I have enjoyed the experience and the challenge of being part of World Superbikes again."

Team-mate Chris Walker, meanwhile, wasn't quite able to add to his points tally, but he too is pleased to have been given another WSBK chance in the second-half of the season.

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Gachet - Unregistered

November 03, 2008 11:53 AM

Why was it too little too late? They got the bike late and I think Lavilla has done a good job considering the level of competition these days in WSB. He's had some good results - the 4th place at Donington being a highlight and has only failed to finish in the points twice - once due to a technical problem and other due to being taken out on the first lap in Germany. Is the bike really as good as Paul Bird thinks? Walker hasn't done anything since joining the team at Brands, so that should tell him something. I think Bird is too quick to make the riders scapegoats, over the past few seasons, Byrne, Rutter, Sykes, McWilliams and now Lavilla have failed to have sucess with his team.

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