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Nov 30, 2001

Suzuki Makes It Official: Lavilla On World Superbike GSX-R750 In 2002

From a Suzuki press release:<BR><BR>ALSTARE'S DOUBLE ASSAULT IN 2002<BR><BR>2002 World Superbike Championship - November 29.<BR><BR>Team Alstare Suzuki is happy to announce that it will continue to contest both the Superbike and Supersport World Championships in 2002 as Suzuki support team.<BR> <BR>Alstare is happy to reveal its new plans and rider line-ups for the 2002 race season.<BR> <BR>The Superbike challenge will be spearheaded by Spaniard Gregorio Lavilla, who will ride a GSX-R750, that will undergo continuous development with Team Alstare Suzuki. Twenty-eight-year-old Lavilla has vast experience in the Superbike World Championship and is already looking forward to the team's first tests. He will be Team Alstare Suzuki's sole rider, but the team feels that the knowledge and experience it gained in 2001 will allow the Spaniard to feel right at home from day one.<BR> <BR>Team Alstare Suzuki's Supersport title attack will once again be taken up by Japanese rider Katsuaki Fujiwara aboard the 2002 Suzuki GSX-R600. His teammate will be Frenchman Stephane Chambon. Fujiwara had the unluckiest season of his career in 2001 and is eager to show his true worth in 2002.<BR> <BR>His teammate Stephane Chambon had a hard year on the Superbike in 2001 and is happy to return to the class in which he won the Supersport World Series title in 1999. The combination of Fujiwara and Chambon will make Team Alstare Suzuki Supersport a force to be reckoned with in 2002.<BR> <BR>Both teams will be testing before Christmas and further information will be made available when all plans will be finalized.<BR> <BR>Rider Profiles<BR> <BR>Gregorio Lavilla<BR>Date of Birth: 29 September 1973<BR>Nationality: Spaniard<BR> <BR>Career Highlights<BR><BR>2nd in Spanish 125cc Championship - 1992<BR><BR>Spanish 600cc Champion,Spanish 750cc Champion - 1994<BR><BR>12th in World Superbike Championship - 1998<BR><BR>8th in World Superbike Championship - 1999<BR><BR>10th in World Superbike Championship - 2000<BR><BR>10th in World Superbike Championship - 2001<BR> <BR> <BR>Katsuaki Fujiwara<BR>Date of birth: 27th March 1975 <BR>Nationality: Japanese <BR> <BR>Career highlights: <BR><BR>1st in Suzuka 4 hr race -1992<BR><BR>3rd in All-Japan 250cc Championship - 1994 <BR><BR>3rd in All-Japan 250cc Championship - 1995 <BR><BR>5th in All-Japan Superbike Championship - 1996 <BR><BR>2nd in All-Japan Superbike Championship - 1997 <BR><BR>9th in All-Japan Superbike Championship - 1999 <BR><BR>9th in Superbike World Championship - 2000 <BR><BR>12th in World Supersport Championship - 2001<BR> <BR>Stephane Chambon<BR>Date of birth: 10th August 1965 <BR>Nationality: French <BR> <BR>Career highlights: <BR><BR>French 250cc Motocross Champion Three times winner of the "Guidon d'Or" <BR><BR>Five Supermotard titles <BR><BR>1st in 125cc French Promosport Championship <BR><BR>1st in French Superbike Championship - 1996<BR><BR>1st in French Supersport Championship - 1996 <BR><BR>4th in Supersport World Series - 1997 <BR><BR>3rd in Supersport World Series - 1998 <BR><BR>1st in Supersport World Championship - 1999 <BR><BR>3rd in Supersport World Championship - 2000 <BR><BR>12th in World Superbike Championship - 2001