WORK CONTINUES FOR WINSTON SUPERSPORT RIDERS IN GERMANY Despite wrapping up the 2005 World Supersport championship at the Winston Ten Kate Honda team's home round of Assen last Sunday, SÃ©bastien Charpentier remains focused on winning again....
WORK CONTINUES FOR WINSTON SUPERSPORT RIDERS IN GERMANY
Despite wrapping up the 2005 World Supersport championship at the Winston Ten Kate Honda team's home round of Assen last Sunday, Sébastien Charpentier remains focused on winning again. Round ten of the series takes place at the 4.3km Lausitzring in Germany this weekend and the Frenchman is seeking to extend his impressive sequence of eight pole positions, six wins and three second places from the nine rounds to date.
Meanwhile, Charpentier's Winston Honda team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara, also has his own strong incentive this weekend of retaining second place in the championship this season - a position he holds with a slim, five-point advantage over Australian rival, Kevin Curtain.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"Obviously with the pressure of winning the championship now released after the events in Assen last Sunday, our goal this weekend at the Lausitzring will be to win again on Sunday with both our riders on the podium. We had a successful test here in July, although Kats (Fujiwara) missed that event through injury. Now Sébastien has won our fourth consecutive title, we'll be doing everything we can to secure second place in the championship for Kats. I think that would be a perfect end to the season for us, for Winston and for Honda's CBR600RR."
Sébastien Charpentier - championship position 1st, 210 points (World Supersport champion 2005):
"I had a very relaxed evening on Sunday - a meal with some friends and then back to the track to celebrate a little more with my team; but it was all very calm. I went home to France on Monday to spend some time by the pool and the feeling of winning the championship is getting better and better each day. It's a very good feeling but I still have a job to do this weekend in Lausitz and the test we had here a few weeks ago tells me that we should be strong again this weekend. Although we have won the title, there are still three more races to win."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - championship position 2nd, 127 points:
"There is nothing more I can do about winning the title this year - Sébastien has ridden very well all season and he deserved to win the championship last Sunday. Now I must concentrate on staying in second place for Honda, the team and its sponsors. I missed the team's test at Lausitzring in July because I was injured, but I remember the circuit from 2002 when I won the World Supersport race here from the front row of the grid. I have won two races this season but I made a couple of mistakes last weekend at Assen; the CBR really is a very good bike and I am determined to ride as perfectly as I can to win again on Sunday."
World Supersport Championship points after nine of 12 rounds: 1 Sébastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 210, 2 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 127, 3 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) 122, 4 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) 110, 5 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) 98, 6 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda) 76, 7 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha) 69, 8 Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki) 58, 9 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) 56, 10 Tauto Lauslehto FIN (Honda) 49.
Lausitzring World Supersport event schedule: Friday 9 September - 09.35- 10.20 free practice, 13.15-14.00 qualifying; Saturday 10 September - 10.00- 10.45 free practice, 13.45-14.30 qualifying; Sunday 11 September - 09.50- 10.10 warm-up, 13.20 race (23 laps, 98.095km).