WSS: Yamaha Magny-Cours race notes, results

Curtain takes runners-up slot in France Yamaha Motor Germany's Kevin Curtain took the runners-up spot in the 2006 Supersport World Championship after crashing out at Magny Cours today. The Australian needed to finish eighth or higher to deny...

Curtain takes runners-up slot in France

Yamaha Motor Germany's Kevin Curtain took the runners-up spot in the 2006 Supersport World Championship after crashing out at Magny Cours today.

The Australian needed to finish eighth or higher to deny Sebastien Charpentier (Honda) the world title for the second year, but crashed out of fourth place on the eighth lap of 22. Charpentier went on to win the race from team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu and become the first rider to win the championship two times.

Curtain's still-injured team-mate Broc Parkes rode a brilliant race to take the final podium position. The Australian, who won at Magny Cours 12 months ago, stayed with the leaders for the opening part of the race but slipped back to take the flag 10 seconds behind the leader.

Yamaha GMT94's David Checa finished fifth at his team's home race, his best result since taking fourth place at Misano in June, although it was a bad end to the season for Yamaha Team Italia. Massimo Roccoli crashed out at the final chicane on the second lap while team-mate Gianluca Vizziello scored just two points for 14th position.

The results see Charpentier win the title by seven points from Curtain, with Sofuoglu taking third ahead of Parkes. Roccoli who, like Curtain and Parkes, won one round on his YZF-R6 this year, ends the year in sixth.

Yamaha has re-signed Curtain and Parkes to lead its world supersport challenge in 2007. Roccoli has also demonstrated his commitment to the brand by signing a two year extension to his contract with Yamaha's Italian distributor, Yamaha Motor Italia.

Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"I just don't know what to say. It all seemed too good to be true and we came back to reality with a bang. That's my first race crash of the year and I just can't believe that it had to happen today. I don't really know what happened, I was running with Checa and was trying to pull a bit of a gap on him as we had almost touched a few times. I was going through the long left when I just lost the front and went down. I'm feeling down just now but I know that I'll be able to refocus and come back to challenge for the title next year."

Broc Parkes (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"It's been a very disappointing day for us and I can't believe that Kevin hasn't won the championship. Our team has put so much into this season and after Brands Hatch it seemed that we had two chances at the title. Sebastien has taken the opportunity and I must congratulate him and his team, because they have done a great job. After Assen I lost my own chance of winning the championship when I crashed and got injured, but today I was ready and willing to help Kevin. I thought that he was behind me, in fourth, and it was only when the race finished I knew that he was out. I'm so disappointed for Kevin but I feel that I have ridden well in these last two races. I like this circuit and fully fit I could probably have run with Sebastien and Kenan today. I felt the power drain out of my body at about half distance and I was happy to bring it home on the podium. I want to win the title so badly next year and I'll be training hard over the winter to make sure that we come back fitter and stronger."

David Checa (Yamaha GMT94)

"I got a good start and I thought I had a shot at the podium but the headwind lowered our top speed today. I was chasing Curtain when he just lost the front and I had a similar experience when I lost both wheels. I thought I would crash but the bike picked itself up. I think we showed what we could do today, with a little more power we might have been further up."

Gianluca Vizziello (Yamaha Team Italia)

"I destroyed my first bike in the morning warm-up and I had to ride my spare bike in the race, with which I do not have as good a feeling. I tried to get some points for the championship but I am sorry for the team as I could not make a good performance today."

Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia)

"I was trying to recover from a bad start when my front wheel touched the kerb and I went down at the final chicane. I'm disappointed, because I lost any chance of fifth in the championship, but it has been a good season with our win at Misano the definite high point."

<pre> Race - 22 Laps

Pos.     Rider                   Manu.           Nat.    Total Time
1        Sebastien Charpentier   Honda           FRA     38'14.775
2        Kenan Sofuoglu          Honda           TUR     0'3.779
3        Broc Parkes             Yamaha          AUS     0'10.879
4        Gianluca Nannelli       Ducati          ITA     0'19.556
5        David Checa             Yamaha          ESP     0'22.790
6        Robbin Harms            Honda           DNK     0'25.745
7        Katsuaki Fujiwara       Honda           JPN     0'29.437
8        Johan Stigefelt         Honda           SWE     0'31.609
9        Stephane Chambon        Kawasaki        FRA     0'35.190
10       Yoann Tibero            Honda           FRA     0'37.552
11       Simone Sanna            Honda           ITA     0'52.996
12       Mauro Sanchini          Yamaha          ITA     0'55.346
13       Gregory Leblanc         Honda           FRA     0'55.462
14       Stuart Easton           Ducati          GBR     0'59.631
15       Vesa Kallio             Yamaha          FIN     1'4.252
16       Miguel Praia            Honda           POR     1'4.435
17       Alessio Velini          Yamaha          ITA     1'5.829
18       Tom Tunstall            Honda           GBR     1'19.115
19       Arie Vos                Honda           NED     1'25.456
20       Thomas Metro            Yamaha          FRA     1'32.029

Rider Standings 08/10/2006

Pos.     Rider                   Manu.           Nat.    Points
1        Sebastien Charpentier   Honda           FRA     194
2        Kevin Curtain           Yamaha          AUS     187
3        Kenan Sofuoglu          Honda           TUR     157
4        Broc Parkes             Yamaha          AUS     145
5        Robbin Harms            Honda           DNK     117
6        Massimo Roccoli         Yamaha          ITA     96
7        Yoann Tibero            Honda           FRA     80
8        Johan Stigefelt         Honda           SWE     70
9        Gianluca Vizziello      Yamaha          ITA     69
10       Xavi Fores              Yamaha          ESP     49
11       David Checa             Yamaha          ESP     44
12       Gianluca Nannelli       Ducati          ITA     43
13       Katsuaki Fujiwara       Honda           JPN     39
14       Simone Sanna            Honda           ITA     32
15       Stephane Chambon        Kawasaki        FRA     31

Manufacturer Standings 08/10/2006

Pos.     Manufacturer    Points
1        Honda           277
2        Yamaha          240
3        Ducati          87
4        Kawasaki        62
5        Suzuki          39

-credit: yamaha racing

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Stephane Chambon , Broc Parkes , Mauro Sanchini , David Checa , Katsuaki Fujiwara , Kenan Sofuoglu , Robbin Harms , Johan Stigefelt , Thomas Metro , Stuart Easton , Miguel Praia , Alessio Velini , Gianluca Nannelli , Kevin Curtain , Sébastien Charpentier , Gianluca Vizziello , Arie Vos , Massimo Roccoli , Vesa Kallio , Tom Tunstall , Gregory Leblanc , Simone Sanna