CHARPENTIER HEADS WINSTON ONE-TWO AT ASSEN World Supersport championship leader, SÃ©bastien Charpentier, will start tomorrow's ninth round race at Assen in Holland from pole position after setting the fastest time in this afternoon's second ...
CHARPENTIER HEADS WINSTON ONE-TWO AT ASSEN
World Supersport championship leader, Sébastien Charpentier, will start tomorrow's ninth round race at Assen in Holland from pole position after setting the fastest time in this afternoon's second qualifying session. His Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara, will start alongside Charpentier on the grid after setting the second fastest time today.
A difficult qualifying session, involving two red flags and several crashes, did not prevent the Winston pair from delivering a perfect qualifying performance for the Ten Kate team at its home round, where Charpentier can secure the title in tomorrow's 16-lap race around the 5.9km Assen circuit.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"That must have been one of the most difficult qualifying sessions of the season and the two red flags and all those crashes almost upset our qualifying strategy. Both riders proved how mentally strong they are by using the last few minutes to post their best laps and give the team a one- two on the grid for tomorrow. Having said that, we all know that Sébastien can win the championship tomorrow in front of our home crowd. However, it looks like Kats is determined to postpone the party! There will be no team orders for the race but we'll all sit down tonight and go through a plan for tomorrow."
Sébastien Charpentier - fastest, 2m08.165s
"Today was worse than yesterday with a lot of guys riding around as if they were going to the village to pick up some bread! Many riders were trying to follow me and the situation was quite dangerous at times. I had to return to the box once or twice just to try and find some track for myself. This pole position is very special because it was such a complicated session and because this weekend is so important for the team. But the bike is feeling very good and I'm quite relaxed for tomorrow. I will just have to try to get away at the front and control the race myself."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - second fastest, 2m08.434s
"I'm very happy with second place although I made a small mistake at the back of the circuit - otherwise I think it could have been pole position. But I'm very happy with the bike and we made a big step forward with our settings today. The guys in the team had to work very hard after I crashed yesterday to give me an even better bike. It was a difficult session with all the crashes but I didn't have any problems with my neck today and I'm confident for tomorrow when, obviously, I have to win."
World Supersport, Assen - final qualifying times: 1 Sébastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 2m08.165s, 2 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 2:08.434, 3 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) 2:08.520, 4 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) 2:08.890, 5 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) 2:09.063, 6 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) 2:09.294, 7 Chambon FRA (Honda) 2:09.382, 8 Alessandro Corradi ITA (Ducati) 2:09.414, 9 Robbin Harms DEN (Honda) 2:09.510, 10 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha) 2:09.544.