World Supersport Championship underway with another Ten Kate Honda win

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World Supersport Championship with another Ten Kate win

World Supersport Championship with another Ten Kate win

February 26, 2006 Winston Ten Honda CBR600RR rider Charpentier started his championship in the best fashion possible by the first race of the World Championship at the Losail circuit in yesterday, scoring pole leading every one of the race’s and setting a new lap record on the way. The ran out a five second winner Kevin Curtain who debuted ride-by-wire 2006 Yamaha

Perhaps the most promising of the race was that despite the of the well-sorted Ten Kate Honda the new Yamaha was very fast and though it is sill very in its development. The third generation looks like it has the goodies to the race to the dominant Ten Kate and the talents of Charpentier.

It was a successful day all for the Winston Ten Kate Honda Charpentier took a new lap record of having set pole with a and ther team’s newest recruit, Turkish rider Sofuoglu, score a podium in his Honda CBR600RR Supersport taking a safe third challenging for the lead in the first few and frightening Curtain with wild riding in the early

Curtain rode a cautious on the Yamaha Motor Germany take the flag behind Despite having only had 90 dry weather practice at the circuit, was able to run under lap record to start the season with 20 points.

Curtain was able to away from his young opponent, running several on record pace to close up with the champion. But Charpentier was to increase his pace and build a gap Curtain, who decided discretion was the part of valour. Unsure of the of his front tyre, he decided to his R6 home in a safe second five seconds behind but a similar distance ahead of placed Sofuoglu.


“We’re not that far off for the first in a race with the new bike,” Curtain. “We have a little bit to go yet but I’m happy we can just about them, especially in top speed. It was but not close enough. Sebastien ran a race today, and the opposition has that they are still this year.

But I am happy the new R6 has performed this well quickly so it can only get even We didn’t have much in the dry and I wasn’t sure if the front could last the distance. In the end it was but I didn’t want to risk a DNF at stage. Now it’s off to Phillip where we’ve already and have a good set-up, so something to look forward

For Charpentier the race, conducted at a pace throughout, was a vindication of not his machine, but the preparations of his team in In testing in December we made a lot of and set some good times in Qatar, said the 2005 We pushed very hard for laps, and today we did 2’04s with some 2’03s, so I am pleased about that. It on last year and proved to us we have many possibilities year.

I felt very comfortable on the and we are in a good condition. Kenan did well; he is young and hungry to on the podium so it’s perfect for me. You a fast rider in your to compare yourself against.

fast from first to this weekend, raced a maturity in the final few laps, an outstanding podium in his first for his new team. I am very happy this result, even we knew would could be after the pole time I said the charging Kenan, who it safe towards the end. I ran in the group in the race, and even it was very difficult in the first I knew I could go with

After ten laps I was in third and I realised that I had to keep the so I stopped trying to challenge Curtain for second. This is a result for us and thanks to the team for me with such a fast The bike is completely different my 2005 Superstock machine, are many things you can change in and more you can do with suspension.

The on the second Ten Kate Honda was taken by Sofuoglu was last held by Japanese star Fujiwara who this year to the Team Megabike Honda Fujiwara was fully in contention in the stages, as he led off the line before swamped by Charpentier’s pace. He was to at high speed on lap five, a scaphoid bone in his wrist and now miss the Phillip Island in Australia.

Yoann Tiberio (Megabike CBR600RR) was forced to miss the race in its entirety after a cycling injury, but is heading of to hoping to be fit in time.

Fujiwara was on course for a strong finish a fourth place qualifying, but his stopped not only his race, but his for the next round in Australia. a shame for this to happen, not crashing out but losing the chance to in Australia, said Fujiwara. I am home to Japan now to have an to pin my wrist, so it should be OK for the Valencia

Curtain’s team-mate Broc Qatar outing was a short ending in the gravel on lap two. The burnt the clutch out on the startline but anyway, only to be caught out by a of engine braking caused by the clutch.

The new R6 is powering the bulk of in this year’s championship Spanish privateer Javier showing the potential of the machine a fine fourth place. riders Massimo Roccoli and Vizziello also finished in the top 10 on Lorenzini by Leoni entered

Finally, the race saw the return to racing of eternal wild-child and world superbike race Anthony Gobert. The former supercross, MotoGP and World star has had a series of well falls from grace a series of the world’s leading teams due to testing positive to (hardly a performance-enhancing drug) in tests, or missing drug or just going missing. all this, the spectacular Gobert is acknowledged as having superstar by those in the know and though seemingly been around he’s still only 31 of age and quite capable of putting it all him if he can find a sponsor and remain on the and narrow.

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A crash by Yamaha GMT94 David Checa in testing week saw him break his arm and Gobert has given the opportunity to substitute for After undergoing a successful on Friday the Spaniard is expected to to the saddle by the end of March, leaving the needing a replacement rider for the two races. Round two takes in next weekend at the Phillip circuit in Australia, being Parkes and Gobert’s home and it is to be remembered that the Philip circuit has seen Gobert miracles before.

Gobert, who his 31st birthday on the day of the Phillip race, rocketed onto the superbike scene at the end of the 1994 — taking pole and a win at the Australian round. After years in the championship ‘The moved to 500cc Grands before returning to the world series in which he made his in 2000.

His win on the underpowered Bimota, at Phillip Island, was as memorable as the six years earlier and showed his natural talent as he won by almost 30 in a wet race. His last world outing came in October when he rode a Yamaha at Brands Hatch.

In the intervening he faced well-documented personal while racing in American and national championships. I’m happy to have the opportunity to get into the world series a good team and bike, he I took a few years out to work out I wanted to do and I’ve realized it is to get back into racing. I in Australia last year and it like I might be doing again, until this came to ride in the first few

At first I was approached for the Phillip race but I really wanted time on the bike beforehand, so the invited me along to Qatar as

The first race will be a test for us. I raced supersport for US in 2001 and 2002 but the bikes changed a lot since then. a new track, team, tyres and for me and I haven’t ridden for five

If we can get into the groove in Qatar there’s no reason why we can’t be at the top five in Phillip Island.

the race, Gobert said, “I a bit at the start but once I got going and the groove of it, it went better.”

were so many things today, the suspension, the gearing and so on. By the time I had adjusted to the new settings I was but then worked my way back up to at the finish.”

RACE. (Laps 18 = Km) Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team / /Gap 1 / S. CHARPENTIER / FRA / Winston Ten Honda / 37’30.955 / 2 / K. CURTAIN / AUS / Motor Germany / 37’36.351 / 3 / K. SOFUOGLU / TUR / Winston Ten Kate / 37’42.612 / 11.657 4 / J. FORES / ESP / SLM / 38’09.097 / 38.142 5 / J. STIGEFELT / SWE / Dog Stiggy Motorsports / 38’10.123 / 6 / R.HARMS / DEN / Stiggy Motorsports / / 45.547 7 / M.ROCCOLI / ITA / Yamaha Italia / 38’18.586 / 47.631 8 / C. / AUT / LBR Ducati Racing / 38’18.637 / 9 / G.VIZZIELLO / ITA / Yamaha Team / 38’19.530 / 48.575 10 / J. BROOKES / AUS / SC — Caracchi / 38’20.769 / 11 / S. LE GRELLE / BEL / Legrelle — Belgium / 38’25.464 / 54.509 12 / A. / AUS / Yamaha — GMT 94 / 38’25.657 / 13 / W.DE ANGELIS / ITA / Intermoto Klaffi / 38’28.317 / 57.362 14 / T. / GBR / Hardinge Ice Valley M. / 38’34.391 / 15 / G.NANNELLI / ITA / Kopron Edo Racing / / 1’05.482 Fastest Lap 13° Sébastien 2’03.921 156,293 Km/h Lap S. Charpentier 2’04.684 155,34 2005

Riders Championship Standings: 25, Curtain 20, Sofuoglu 16, Fores 13, 11, Harms 10, Roccoli 9, Zaiser 8, 7, Brookes 6, Le Grelle 5, Gobert 4, De 3, Tunstall 2, Nannelli 1

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