Ten Kate Supersport Brands Hatch preview

WINSTON RIDERS TARGET BRITISH SUCCESS Winston Ten Kate Honda's World Supersport pairing of Sébastien Charpentier and Katsuaki Fujiwara head for the 4.2km Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, GB, this weekend for round eight of the championship that...

WINSTON RIDERS TARGET BRITISH SUCCESS

Winston Ten Kate Honda's World Supersport pairing of Sébastien Charpentier and Katsuaki Fujiwara head for the 4.2km Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, GB, this weekend for round eight of the championship that they have dominated all season.

Charpentier is in control with a 59-point advantage over his Japanese team- mate but the Winston duo have taken all seven wins between them so far this year - Charpentier's five to Fujiwara's two. Fujiwara missed the last outing at Brno in the Czech Republic through injury but returns to the team at Brands Hatch after partnering Winston team-mate, Chris Vermeulen, to an impressive second place in last Sunday's Suzuka 8-hour race in Japan.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"It's going to be good to have Kats back in the team this weekend when he'll be in good form after all his track time at Suzuka recently. Although he missed Brno, the results didn't go too badly for him and he'll be looking to close the gap on Sébastien at Brands Hatch. But Sébastien is in incredible form at the moment and he likes the circuit. We found new some things for the CBR600RR at our recent test at Lausitzring and we're looking forward to trying them out on the unique circuit layout at Brands Hatch. I think we're in good shape to continue our 100% record this season and hoping to have both riders up on the podium again on Sunday."

Sébastien Charpentier - championship position 1st, 165 points:

"We had a good test at Lausitzring and managed a very good lap time as we continue to look for new ways to improve the bike. I'm looking forward to seeing Kats back in the team after his injury and his good performance at Suzuka. I like Brands Hatch very much - the track is good and there are so many people, including a lot of French fans who make the trip over. I have been on the podium for the last two years there, third in 2003 and second behind Karl Muggeridge last year after I led for nearly all the race. I'm hoping to go to the top step this year and to improve my championship advantage again."

Katsuaki Fujiwara - championship position 2nd, 106 points:

"I'm looking forward to joining the team again after what seems like a long time out. After Misano, I hurt my back testing for the 8-hour but I've had some good recovery time at home in Japan and I've been taking heaps of calcium to speed up the healing process. Chris (Vermeulen) and I got a good result at Suzuka, which was my best ever finish there, so I'm hoping to bring that form back to Europe. It will be a little strange riding the CBR600RR again after six weeks away but Brands Hatch is OK for me and I won the Supersport race there in 2002. I want to win to close the gap on Sébastien, so I'll be trying my hardest again this weekend."

-tkh-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Katsuaki Fujiwara , Chris Vermeulen , Karl Muggeridge , Sébastien Charpentier