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Name: Gregorio Lavilla
Date of Birth: 29/Sep/1973
Nationality: Spain

Started motocross racing and had first race win 1990, Was Spanish 250cc and 600cc Champion in 1994. Raced in the World 250cc Championship in 1995 and 1996. Finished 2nd in the German Superbike Championship in 1997.

In 1998 Lavilla rode in the official Kawasaki France team entry in the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race in which the team finished 2nd behind another ZX7RR mounted semi-factory supported team that won the event that year.

He raced a privately run Ducati in 1998 and was impressive enough to be offered a slot on Harry Eckl's Kawasaki team on a ZX7RR for the 1999 season, replacing Neil Hodgson. He and Akira Yanagawa struggled early in the season until apparent tyre problems resolved. Lavilla went on to finish 8th overall and Yanagawa was 5th after nine podiums (including a win at Sugo)

He continued with Kawasaki in the 2000 season but had to sit out four races due to injuries, with Peter Goddard substituting. Lavilla returned to take a 2nd place at Oschersleben and ended up 10th overall at seasons end.

Lavilla, Yanagawa and Hitoyasu Izutsu stayed with Eckl's Fuchs Kawasaki team for the 2001 season, Lavilla scoring two 3rd places (Valencia and Santa Monica) during the year and finishing 10th overall for the second year running.

In 2002 he finished 10th yet again without a single podium placing, and in 2003 he switched to the Factory Suzuki Alstare superbike team where he races this year also. For 2004 Lavilla is a Suzuki Factory test rider working alongside Kenny Roberts and John Hopkins in the Moto GP paddock.

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