CHARPENTIER TAKES SILVERSTONE SPOILS Winston rider SÃ©bastien Charpentier scorched to his third victory of the season in this afternoon's fifth round World Supersport championship race at Silverstone, GB. The Frenchman finished almost three ...
CHARPENTIER TAKES SILVERSTONE SPOILS
Winston rider Sébastien Charpentier scorched to his third victory of the season in this afternoon's fifth round World Supersport championship race at Silverstone, GB. The Frenchman finished almost three seconds ahead of Australian Kevin Curtain after 28 laps of the 3.56km International circuit.
Charpentier's weekend was complete after starting from pole position, setting the fastest lap of the race to establish a new lap record and taking the win. His team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara, was left feeling the effects of a practice crash yesterday, however; the Japanese finishing in ninth place.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"I'm really happy for Sébastien after this win. He rode consistently fast laps after taking the lead on the first lap and was able to up the pace enough later in the race to open a gap between him and Kevin Curtain. The win puts him in a very strong championship position. Of course, it's slightly mixed emotions today because Katsuaki's result was not what we had hoped. After yesterday and this morning's warm-up, he was in a good position to challenge but the race was very physically demanding."
Sébastien Charpentier - first
"What can I say, except that everything is fantastic for me? It was the best weekend possible, with pole position, fastest lap and another win. Kevin rode very well but I always felt very comfortable and in control. Although it was a long, hard race, I am in good physical condition and the bike was also great. I am so happy with the atmosphere in the garage - the whole team makes me laugh and I never feel any pressure from Ronald. On top of that the CBR is just perfect so I think this really is the best situation I have ever raced in."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - ninth
"I am very disappointed with that result, of course. I hurt my shoulder in the crash yesterday but after a good massage this morning it I didn't feel too bad until later in the race. My start wasn't so good from sixth on the grid but then I had a gear shifting problem and found it difficult to select the right gear, which made it very hard. Sébastien rode very well again so it's another good result for the team - just not so good for me."
World Supersport, Silverstone - results (28 laps, 99.708km): 1 Sébastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 41m53.540s, 2 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) +2.843s, 3 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) +20.405, 4 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda) +22.363, 5 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha) +24.823, 6 Barry Veneman NED (Suzuki) +32.010, 7 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) +33.642, 8 Alessandro Corradi ITA (Ducati) +37.326, 9 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) +37.789, 10 Tauto Lauslehto FIN (Honda) +37.828.
Championship points after five of 12 rounds: Charpentier 115, Fujiwara 91, Curtain 80, Parkes 51, Chambon 48, Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) 42, Nannelli 41, Foret 38, Lauslehto 31, Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki) 28.
Next round: Misano, Italy - 26 June