Winston Ten Kate Honda's Katsuaki Fujiwara will start from the second row of the grid for tomorrow's final 2005 World Supersport championship race at Magny-Cours in France. Pole position went to fellow-Honda rider Michel Fabrizio in this...
Winston Ten Kate Honda's Katsuaki Fujiwara will start from the second row of the grid for tomorrow's final 2005 World Supersport championship race at Magny-Cours in France. Pole position went to fellow-Honda rider Michel Fabrizio in this afternoon's second qualifying session, with Fujiwara less than half a second off the Italian's time.
Replacement rider for this final round of the championship, Arie Vos, further impressed the Winston Ten Kate Honda team -- including 2005 world champion, Sebastien Charpentier -- and his fellow Supersport competitors by setting the seventh fastest time this afternoon.
Ronald ten Kate -- team manager:
"We just missed out on the front row with Kats but full marks to him for the way he has ridden through the pain barrier this weekend. When he puts his race face on tomorrow, I'm sure he'll be up there at the front. I said yesterday that Arie might be the surprise of the weekend and, even though he's not leading the charge, I think a lot of guys out there must be thinking: 'Who on earth is that?'. He put in some consistently quick laps today but wasn't able to put one fast one together for qualifying. A second row start is what we had hoped for and I'm sure he will run a good race tomorrow."
Katsuaki Fujiwara -- fifth fastest, 1m44.295s
"The hand is a little better today but it's going to be a very difficult race tomorrow. It's really painful when I try to push hard and the bike is moving around a lot more -- especially under heavy braking when I'm changing down through the gears and using the clutch a lot. The bike set-up is not so bad but there are a couple of little things we would like to try in warm-up tomorrow. The race is 23 laps, which will be tough, but I'm a professional rider and once I start the race I will ride through the pain to finish it as best I can and, hopefully, stay in third place in the championship. You will see some of the Samurai spirit in me tomorrow!"
Arie Vos -- seventh fastest, 1m44.695s
"I'm very happy, especially because I am making progress every time I go out on the bike. It may be small progress but seventh is my best World Supersport qualifying performance. I'm really pleased with the help and motivation that Sebastien (Charpentier) has been able to give me. He has taught me really quickly and I owe a lot to him for my qualifying performance. I like the way he has the bike set-up and we hardly changed anything. With a good start in the race tomorrow, I think I can be up there and I'd just like to thank the Winston Ten Kate Honda team for the honour they've given me with this fantastic opportunity."
World Supersport, Magny-Cours -- final qualifying times: 1 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) 1m43.835s, 2 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) 1:43.983, 3 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) 1:44.080, 4 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha) 1:44.222, 5 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1:44.295, 6 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) 1:44.545, 7 Arie Vos NED (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1:44.695, 8 Johan Sitgefelt SWE (Honda) 1:44.767, 9 Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki) 1:44.905, 10 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda).