CHARPENTIER FASTEST ON THE ISLAND Winston Ten Kate Honda's SÃ©bastien Charpentier set the fastest time in today's first qualifying session for Sunday's second round World Supersport championship race at Phillip Island in Australia. His Japanese...
CHARPENTIER FASTEST ON THE ISLAND
Winston Ten Kate Honda's Sébastien Charpentier set the fastest time in today's first qualifying session for Sunday's second round World Supersport championship race at Phillip Island in Australia. His Japanese team-mate and championship leader, Katsuaki Fujiwara, was fifth fastest.
In warm sunshine, Frenchman Charpentier continued his recent good form, lapping the 4.4km circuit near Melbourne in a time of 1m35.999s - the only rider to break the 1m36s barrier - and was 0.3s faster than his nearest challenger, Honda-mounted Michel Fabrizio.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
We're pretty happy with the way things have been going on our first day here at Phillip Island. We've still got some more work to do to improve the bike for both Sébastien and Katsuaki but we're progressing in the right direction. There are a lot of areas where we can improve the bike a little bit, like gearing, suspension and geometry. Phillip Island is also very technical, very much a riders' circuit, and I'm sure we'll see both riders improve their times as they get more laps under their belt.
Sébastien Charpentier - fastest, 1m35.999s
Yes, it's all going OK and I really enjoy riding here at Phillip Island. We've been working on different tyre and suspension combinations today and it's going fine. We have a few more things to try but I think we're pretty close to deciding what tyres we want to use in the race. We'll try to give that set-up a longer test tomorrow and try to get pole position like we had at the first round in Qatar.
Katsuaki Fujiwara - fifth fastest, 1m37.177s
We're trying to get the right feeling for the bike and I think we have lots of work to do tonight and tomorrow. It's a good circuit but the wind is blowing quite hard and it pushes the bike wide when we go through the long left-hander at turn two. Apart from that we have some more time tomorrow but it is really Sunday that counts so, as long as I can start near the front, it should be OK.
<pre> World Supersport, Phillip Island - provisional qualifying times:
1 Sébastien Charpentier FRA Winston Ten Kate Honda 1:35.999 2 Michel Fabrizio ITA Honda 1:36.327 3 Kevin Curtain AUS Yamaha 1:36.932 4 Fabien Foret FRA Honda 1:37.075 5 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN Winston Ten Kate Honda 1:37.177 6 Johan Stigefelt SWE Honda 1:37.912 7 Christophe Cogan FRA Suzuki 1:37.983 8 Broc Parkes AUS Yamaha 1:38.021 9 Gianluca Nannelli ITA Ducati 1:38.242 10 Stephane Chambon FRA Honda 1:38.424