WINSTON RIDERS SERVE UP MONZA THRILLER Katsuaki Fujiwara won today's fourth round World Supersport championship in warm sunshine at Monza, beating his Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, SÃ©bastien Charpentier, by just three hundredths of a second...
WINSTON RIDERS SERVE UP MONZA THRILLER
Katsuaki Fujiwara won today's fourth round World Supersport championship in warm sunshine at Monza, beating his Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Sébastien Charpentier, by just three hundredths of a second after 16 laps of the 5.8km circuit.
In a thrilling race, both riders fought off the attentions of third placed rider, Gianluca Nannelli, with all three constantly swapping positions by utilising the slipstream affect of Monza's long straights. The race marks Fujiwara's second victory of the season, matching Charpentier's record of two wins, and closes the championship gap on his rival to just seven points.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"That was a beautiful race, to which Nannelli contributed with our own two riders. Katsuaki and Sébastien were able to break away from him for the last couple of laps but Nannelli matched them for speed right up until that point. I have to say they put my heart rate on the rev limiter again by battling so closely on the last lap but it's fantastic to see them both on the top two steps of the podium for the third time this season."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - first
"I am so happy to win here at Monza. The team has been working very well all through the season and they deserve this as much as me. Congratulations to Sébastien and Gianluca for a great race. It was not so easy to pass either of them today but my CBR was perfect- the engine was very strong and the tyres were fantastic. It was very close with Sébastien on the last lap and we touched a few times, but it's a World Supersport race and it's sometimes like that!"
Sébastien Charpentier - second
"I think we put on a very good show today for all the spectators at Monza and those watching on television. It was good fun and I really enjoyed it. Katsuaki was very strong today and I tried very hard to win the race on the last lap. But I shifted down one time too many going into the Parabolica for the last time and ran a little bit wide which allowed Katsuaki to pass me. Second place is good for the championship, though, and another Winston Ten Kate Honda one-two finish is fantastic for the team. We can all celebrate tonight!"
World Supersport, Monza - results (16 laps, 92.7kms): 1 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 30m15.930s, 2 Sébastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) + 0.036s, 3 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) +2.726, 4 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) +8.043, 5 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) +8.163, 6 Alessandro Corradi ITA (Ducati) +18.488, 7 Tauto Lauslehto FIN (Honda) +26.566, 8 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha) +26.632, 9 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda) +26.940, 10 Ivan Goi ITA (Yamaha) +37.497.
Championship points after four of 12 rounds: Charpentier 90 , Fujiwara 83, Curtain 60, Fabrizio 42, Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) 38, Parkes 37, Nannelli 31, Chambon 31, Lauslehto 23, Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki) 22.
Next round: Silverstone, GB - 28 May