Lavilla wins BSB title
Gregoria Lavilla claimed the British Superbike title with a win and a second place at the final round of the series at Brands Hatch.
Airwaves Ducati team-mate Leon Haslam took the win in race two.
Spaniard Lavilla secured the title with a run of six victories and five second placings in 11 outings in the second part of the season.
Ryuichi Kiyonari – the only man who could stop him landing the title was fourth in race one, meaning Lavilla only needed a point from the second race.
Lavilla broke the lap record on his way to second place in race two – and his first major title.
Rizla Suzuki’s John Reynolds crashed out during practice and was replaced by Suzuki’s Privateer Cup Champion James Buckingham.
Defending BSB Champion Reynolds was on his third lap of the 2.6-mile circuit in morning practice when he crashed into the tyre wall between Druids and Graham Hill Bend.
He broke ribs on his right side, punctured his right lung and broke his left collarbone. He is currently undergoing a series of comprehensive scans to search for any further injuries. Medical staff at the hospital are pleased with his stable condition.
Reynolds said: “I don’t know what happened to cause my crash today but I do know I didn’t want to finish my season this way. I’m in considerable pain from my broken ribs but the medical staff have been fantastic and I am receiving the best care possible, for which I am very grateful.”
Full results to follow.
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