SIX OF THE BEST FOR CHARPENTIER AT BRANDS HATCH Winston Ten Kate Honda rider, SÃ©bastien Charpentier, scorched to his sixth World Supersport championship win of the season in this afternoon's eighth round at Brands Hatch in southern England. The...
SIX OF THE BEST FOR CHARPENTIER AT BRANDS HATCH
Winston Ten Kate Honda rider, Sébastien Charpentier, scorched to his sixth World Supersport championship win of the season in this afternoon's eighth round at Brands Hatch in southern England. The Frenchman won the exciting 23-lap race ahead of fellow Honda rider, Michel Fabrizio, by less than one second with Charpentier's team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara, finishing in sixth place.
The win gives Charpentier a commanding 74-point lead in the championship with just four rounds and a potential 100 points remaining this season, while Fujiwara retains second place in the table, just seven points ahead of Curtain.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"That's the team's twelfth World Supersport championship win in a row and maintains our 100% record for this season. I am especially delighted with this victory because it means Sébastien has the potential to wrap up the championship at the next round, which is our home round in Assen. We will keep on working hard from race to race, though, to keep Sébastien in a winning position. I'm a little disappointed for Kats, who spent most of the race on his own. His qualifying position promised more so we'll be hoping for better results in the races to come. He still holds second place in the championship but we'll have to help him to beat his rivals if he is to retain that position."
Sébastien Charpentier - first
"It was a very exciting race and Michel (Fabrizio) was in very good form today and pushed me all the way. He was very fast when he was behind me but, whenever he got in front, he seemed to slow the pace and was gesturing for me to come back past. I had no problems today, though, and I was able to push a little bit hard towards the end to make it a little more comfortable. It's another complete weekend with pole position, fastest lap and the race win. It just shows how good this bike is and how hard the team has worked. I'm looking forward to Assen and hope I can give them a big thank you present there."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - sixth
"I didn't get a very good start and lost touch with Sébastien and the leaders quite early. About halfway through the race I started to lose rear grip and was starting to slide into corners and then again as I tried to accelerate out. I spent the second half of the race trying to chase Foret and Chambon but I could not get any closer to them. It's a shame because I was happy with my race set-up and the way I had adapted to riding the bike again. I will be looking for a much better result the next time out at Assen and I'll keep trying to close the gap on my team-mate."
World Supersport, Brands Hatch - results (23 laps, 96.531km):
1 Sébastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 34m33.153s, 2 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) +0.985, 3 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) +1.173, 4 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda) +7.317, 5 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) +7.777, 6 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) +17.008, 7 Alessandro Corradi ITA (Ducati) +18.416, 8 Craig Jones GBR (Honda) +21.131, 9 Matthieu Lagrive BEL (Suzuki) +28.218, 10 Cal Crutchlow GBR (Honda) +28.788.
Championship points after eight of 12 rounds:
Charpentier 190, Fujiwara 116, Curtain 109, Foret 85, Fabrizio 82, Chambon 68, Broc Parkes (Yamaha) 60, Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) 56, Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki) 52, Tauto Lauslehto FIN (Honda) 42.
Next round: Assen, Holland - 4 September