Winston Ten Kate Honda's 2005 World Supersport champion, Sebastien Charpentier, has been forced out of the final round of the series. The 32-year-old French rider sustained injuries to his left clavicle in a practice crash last Saturday during the...
Winston Ten Kate Honda's 2005 World Supersport champion, Sebastien Charpentier, has been forced out of the final round of the series. The 32-year-old French rider sustained injuries to his left clavicle in a practice crash last Saturday during the eleventh round at Imola in Italy.
Charpentier visited a specialist in Paris earlier this week and was advised not to ride this weekend at the final round in Magny-Cours. After consultation with team-manager, Ronald ten Kate, Charpentier has reluctantly agreed with his decision.
For the Magny-Cours event, the team has been able to call up a last minute replacement from Holland -- Arie Vos. The 29-year-old from Oss, near Eindhoven, finished second in this season's Dutch Supersport championship and has raced in four World Supersport races this year, finishing seventh in last Sunday's eleventh round race at Imola.
Ronald ten Kate -- team-manager:
"Sebastien's motivation to ride this weekend was almost overwhelming. He's been looking forward to racing at Magny-Cours all season and was expecting enormous support here from friends, family and well-wishers -- all wanting to celebrate his fantastic World Supersport championship win. He has the title and, for now, we must focus on our testing programme for the 2006 season, which kicks off in about five weeks. I feel very sorry for him because I know how much this weekend means to him and, after his amazing season of nine pole positions, six wins and three second places, it was a difficult decision to make."
Sebastien Charpentier -- 2005 World Supersport Champion
"Anyone who knows me knows how disappointed I am and Ronald has said everything, really. I love this track, I love racing in my home country of France and there is a lot of support for me here at Magny-Cours this weekend. But the injury is worse than we thought last Sunday and it's just not worth the risk of ruining the tests for the beginning of next season. When we came to test here earlier in the year I was able to do a lap time of 1m43.2s so I was feeling very confident of finishing the season with a very good result. But it has already been a fantastic season and to win the championship at the team's home race in Assen was a very special moment for me and all the team. I can only add that I'm sorry for everyone who wanted to see me race at Magny-Cours this weekend."
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