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Lavilla handed key WSBK role



Dorna's management team for the World Superbike Championship is starting to fall into place after Gregorio Lavilla confirmed he has come on board.

Former World Superbike rider Lavilla will play an important role as he will oversee the sporting aspects and will also become a member of the three-man race direction committee.

"My specific role is oriented toward the sporting side: handing relations with the teams, rules, circuit homologation. I'll also be a part of race direction," he told GPone.com.

"It will be important to find a formula that allows all the teams, riders and manufacturers to be competitive," he added. "If we are able to do this, the racing in the future will be even better than it was in the past."

One of the key changes to the 2013 regulations concerns pit stops as riders will be allowed to make mid-race tyre and machinery modifications if it rains.

Lavilla, who joins Daniel Carriera and Javier Alonso as the important figures in WSBK, believes the move will help the riders.

"Perhaps in the past, when it started to rain, there would have been someone who preferred to stay out on slicks, but the red flag was shown," he said.

"Now each rider can decide what strategy is best for them."

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