WINSTON GOES FOR HIGH FIVE IN ROUND FIVE
Winston Ten Kate Honda's World Supersport pairing of Sebastien Charpentier and Katsuaki Fujiwara have each won two of the four races in the 2005 series and will be looking to extend the team's winning run in round five of the championship this weekend at Silverstone in Great Britain.
With two second places to add to his victories, Frenchman Charpentier has a slender seven-point advantage in the championship points table over his Japanese team-mate. Fujiwara, however, is intent on enjoying once again the winner's champagne that he tasted most recently in the fourth round at Monza in Italy.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"Chris Vermeulen's win at Silverstone in 2003 has been the team's only Supersport success there, although we did get second and third last year. But that event was the last time we didn't win a World Supersport race so, with the form that Sebastien and Katsuaki have shown so far this season, I'm hoping we can improve our record. The CBR package has been perfect for both riders so far and they've settled into the new team really well. The fact that they are both so competitive has given me a little heart trouble on the final lap of the last two races but I'm happy to put up with that as long as they are both in with a chance of victory!"
Sebastien Charpentier - championship position 1st, 90 points:
"Everything is great for me this year - fantastic bike, fantastic team and fantastic team-mate. I was disappointed not to win at Monza because I do not like to come second but it was a good result for the team and the championship. I am OK with Silverstone although I am sorry they have decided to race on the short circuit; but it is the same for everyone I guess, so we will just have to go out and put on another good show. I know who my strongest rival will be, although the team cannot relax for a minute. I haven't had much success at Silverstone in the past so maybe the new circuit will be good for me after all!"
Katsuaki Fujiwara - championship position 2nd, 83 points:
"I like to win so much, so Monza was very, very good for me! I enjoyed the first win of the season at Qatar but watching Sebastien win in Phillip Island and Valencia was not good for me. But he is riding very well so I have to push very hard. It is good for the team that we are leading the championship but it also shows how good the team is working and how strong the Honda CBR600RR really is. I have never finished on the podium at Silverstone so I will at least be aiming for that this weekend but winning races is the best thing so that is my real target."