CHARPENTIER HEADS VALENCIA TIME SHEETS SÃ©bastien Charpentier continued his recent good form by setting the fastest time in today's official World Supersport test at Valencia in Spain. His Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara, who...
CHARPENTIER HEADS VALENCIA TIME SHEETS
Sébastien Charpentier continued his recent good form by setting the fastest time in today's official World Supersport test at Valencia in Spain. His Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara, who won the opening race in Qatar two weeks ago, was third fastest as Honda riders filled the first four places.
Coming from their one-two finish at the Losail circuit, both Winston Honda riders continued the development work on the 2005 version of Honda's CBR600RR - winner of the last three World Supersport titles with the Ten Kate team.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"Although it may not seem like it from Sébastien's impressive lap time, we have really been concentrating today on testing new parts that we have received recently. These include engine parts from Honda and new forks and shocks from WP that allow us to try different settings on the new CBR600RR. Because so much of the bike is new this year, we are still learning to work with it and develop its full potential - something I don't think we have seen yet."
Sébastien Charpentier - 37 laps, 1m38.020s
"It was a good day today - especially nice to have some good weather here for testing. Valencia is not my favourite circuit and it felt strange this morning after so many recent tests with F1 and other bikes. We worked mostly on the front today to try and get over the problem I had in Qatar, which was very unusual. However, it has made me and the team work even harder to make progress."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - 48 laps, 1m39.256s
"Valencia is very different to Qatar, which is fast and flowing. It is much more technical here so the set-up needed is not like we had for the first race. This morning we tried some softer settings in the shock and the forks, and softer tyre compounds. I'm happy with the progress we made today. Tomorrow morning we will test the new front forks and in the afternoon we'll try to make a longer race simulation."
<pre> Valencia test - day one World Supersport times:
1 Sébastien Charpentier FRA Winston Ten Kate Honda 1:38.020 2 Michele Fabrizio ITA Honda 1:39.255 3 Katsuaki Fujiwara JAP Winston Ten Kate Honda 1:39.256 4 Fabien Foret FRA Honda 1:39.265 5 Gianluca Nannelli ITA Ducati 1:39.740 6 Broc Parkes AUS Yamaha 1:39.968 7 Kevin Curtain AUS Yamaha 1:40.019 8 Werner Daemen BEL Honda 1:40.446 9 Sébastien Le Grelle BEL Honda 1:40.599 10 Javier Fores ESP Suzuki 1:40.613.