FUJIWARA FOURTH IN GERMANY AS CHARPENTIER CRASHES OUT Katsuaki Fujiwara finished fourth in today's World Supersport championship tenth round race at Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany. The race was stopped after nine laps as rain began to fall on...
FUJIWARA FOURTH IN GERMANY AS CHARPENTIER CRASHES OUT
Katsuaki Fujiwara finished fourth in today's World Supersport championship tenth round race at Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany. The race was stopped after nine laps as rain began to fall on the 4.3km circuit, but Winston Ten Kate Honda's recently-crowned World Supersport champion, Sébastien Charpentier, was unable to make the restart after he had crashed out of third place on lap three of the 23-lap race.
The race was won by Australia's Kevin Curtain from team-mate Broc Parkes, with 2002 World Supersport champion, Fabien Foret, third.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"All records have to come to an end sometime and it feels very strange not to be on the podium for the first time, I think, since Phillip Island last year. In the first part of the race it was clear that Curtain and Parkes were surprisingly quick and Sébastien was the only rider who could stay with them. It's disappointing that he wasn't there for the second part as their pace seemed to drop off towards the end. Kats made some changes during the 'wet' practice before part two, which seemed to help, but we've been chasing our tails with his bike set-up this weekend. We'll be back on form for Imola, I'm sure."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - fourth
"We made some changes between the two parts of the race because it was clear that the rain wouldn't keep falling. The balance of the bike was definitely better and the changes seemed to work in the second part. Unfortunately, I was too far back after the first part of the race and I made a small mistake at the end of the start-finish straight, which dropped me back from the leaders. I'll fight hard in Imola to get second place back in the championship for my mechanics and the whole team."
Sébastien Charpentier - DNF
"It feels very strange, I have to admit. I don't really understand what happened in the crash - it was exactly the same as the crash in qualifying yesterday and on exactly the same corner. I was feeling OK, although Curtain and Parkes were fast, which surprised me. We still have two more races, though, the last one in my own country; I am still hungry for wins and I will be riding as well as I can at Imola and at Magny-Cours."
World Supersport, Eurospeedway Lausitz - results (23 laps, 98.095km): 1 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) 39m39.394s, 2 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha) +2.578s, 3 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) +12.033, 4 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) +18.284, 5 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) +25.996, 6 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda) +26.016, 7 Alessandro Corradi ITA (Ducati) +29.150, 8 Johan Stigefelt SWE (Honda) +32.326, 9 Tauto Lauslehto FIN (Honda) +34.363, 10 A Tode GER (Honda) +36.379.
Championship points after ten of 12 rounds: Charpentier 210, Curtain 147, Fujiwara 140, Foret 126, Fabrizio 109, Parkes 89, Chambon 86, Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki) 60, Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) 56, Lauslehto 56.
Next round: Imola, Italy - 2 October