WINSTON RIDERS LOOK TO SHINE IN ITALIAN HEAT Winston Ten Kate Honda's World Supersport pairing of SÃ©bastien Charpentier and Katsuaki Fujiwara head for the 4.06km Autodromo Santa Monica circuit in Misano this weekend for round six of the ...
WINSTON RIDERS LOOK TO SHINE IN ITALIAN HEAT
Winston Ten Kate Honda's World Supersport pairing of Sébastien Charpentier and Katsuaki Fujiwara head for the 4.06km Autodromo Santa Monica circuit in Misano this weekend for round six of the championship that they have dominated all season.
Charpentier took his third win of the season last time out at Silverstone, GB, while his team-mate Fujiwara has scored two victories himself. A successful test at Magny-Cours in France two weeks ago sees the Winston Ten Kate Honda squad brimming with confidence for this weekend's 23-lap outing.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"The test at Magny-Cours allowed us to try some new ignition and injection mapping components which enhanced the riders' feel for the CBR600RR and improved acceleration a little. We were also able to experiment with some different chassis settings to see if there are any areas where we can make some positive changes. We'll try some of these on the spare machines when we start practice at Misano, where the heat will be an influencing factor. The season has started fantastically with five wins from five races and, if we can get another win in Misano, it will be the team's tenth consecutive World Supersport race win. That will be good to celebrate."
Sébastien Charpentier - championship position 1st, 115 points:
"I just want to continue with more of the same this weekend because the start to the season has been a dream. Three wins and two second places is fantastic for me and Kats (Fujiwara) is second in the championship which is also great for the team. There is a fantastic atmosphere in the garage and everyone is very relaxed and, after our test at Magny-Cours, we are confident that we can continue with our good performance. The last round at Silverstone was perfect for me with pole position, the fastest lap and a win. I would like to repeat that at Misano this weekend so I have been doing some cycling in the hot weather in France to prepare the conditions this weekend."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - championship position 2nd, 90 points:
"Silverstone was not so good for me because I had a crash during practice and a bit of a cold as well. In the race I experienced some gear selection problems and that allowed Sébastien to have a bigger lead in the championship. I have to try very hard for another win this weekend to close the gap and after the test in France I think I have a good chance. I am feeling fit now and the shoulder that I injured at Silverstone is much better. I'm looking forward to Misano, where I have been on the podium before. But now I would like to win there."
Misano World Supersport event schedule: Friday 24 June - 09.35-10.20 free practice, 13.15-14.00 qualifying; Saturday 25 June - 10.00-10.45 free practice, 13.45-14.30 qualifying; Sunday 26 June 09.50-10.10 warm-up, 13.20 race (23 laps, 93.38km).