To be sold for charity
2005 Ducati 999 Biposti GSE Racing Airwaves
This Ducati 999 Biposti (two-seat) model has been professionally refinished in the livery of GSE Racing Teams 2005 sponsor, Airwaves, and was used by the Team as a display bike for promotional purposes throughout last years British Superbike Championship season. Enthusiasts will not need reminding of the fairytale return of Team GSE to the British Superbike Championship in 2005, following a years sabbatical from top-flight international racing. Sponsored by H M Plant, GSE Racing had fielded Neil Hodgson and James Toseland in the World Superbike Championship in 2001/2002 and Toseland and Chris Walker in 2003, but following Toselands departure to the works team, and facing a shortage of competitive machinery, chose to sit out 2004. In 2005 the team returned to the British Superbike Championship, a series it had won in 2000 with Hodgson, recruiting the experienced James Haydon and rising star Leon Haslam to ride ex-factory Ducati 999 F04s backed by sponsorship from Airwaves chewing gum. Following a winter testing injury to Haydon, unemployed ex-WSB rider Gregorio Lavilla was recruited as temporary stand-in and to general surprise finished on the podium in each of the first four races. At that stage, works H M Plant Honda rider Ryuichi Kiyonari was heading the Championship with Lavilla second; GSE had little option but to keep Gregorio in the Team, and the Spaniard duly rewarded their faith by securing the Championship at the final round at Brands Hatch in October. This machine, which is new and unregistered, was a competition prize offered by Two Wheels Only magazine and won by the vendor. The proceeds of its sale will be donated to registered charity, The Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund.