WINSTON RIDERS DOMINATE VALENCIA SUPERSPORT SÃ©bastien Charpentier and Katsuaki Fujiwara scored an emphatic one-two victory for their Winston Ten Kate Honda team today in round three of the World Supersport championship at Valencia in Spain.
WINSTON RIDERS DOMINATE VALENCIA SUPERSPORT
Sébastien Charpentier and Katsuaki Fujiwara scored an emphatic one-two victory for their Winston Ten Kate Honda team today in round three of the World Supersport championship at Valencia in Spain. Charpentier won the 23- lap race at the four-kilometre Ricardo Tormo Circuit by less than a second from his team-mate.
Starting from pole position, Charpentier settled into an early lead and set the fastest lap of the race on lap three, missing the outright Supersport lap record by just a tenth of a second. Fujiwara, meanwhile, had to battle through from sixth place at the end of lap one. He attempted a daring pass on Charpentier on the final lap, almost touching his fellow-CBR600RR rider. The Japanese ace finished 21 seconds ahead of third-placed rider Kevin Curtain.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"Sometimes I think that the aim of these two riders is to over-rev my heart rate - and they certainly did that on the final lap! But it was a really good race by both the guys and I'm very proud of them. We have quite a few guests here today and Howard Parks, vice-president of brand marketing for Winston, has told me how pleased he is to be associated with such a fine group of professionals. It's great for Winston, for the team as a whole and for the riders that we have such fantastic support. It's our tenth successive World Supersport victory and we'll be working very hard to continue our run in Monza in a couple of weeks' time."
Sébastien Charpentier -
"That was a very good race for me and a good weekend with my third pole position, fastest lap and my second win of the season. But it was certainly not easy. Conditions were very difficult out there and after I got into an early lead I just tried to put in many consistently good laps. Before half race distance I was reading plus zero on my pit board and I knew that Kats was there. For sure he pushed me very, very hard until the end - especially on that final lap. I'm so pleased for the team, who have worked so hard to keep me at the front all weekend, and for all the team's guests who are here today. I think we put on a good show for them."
Katsuaki Fujiwara -
"Conditions changed very much from warm-up this morning when it was cooler. All weekend, the temperature has risen in the afternoon and this has made the track very slippery. I was pushing as hard as I could and trying to keep a very tight line as I tried to catch Sébastien. But as soon as I got off line the grip was gone so it was very difficult. I got quite close to him on the last lap - perhaps a little too close - but he was riding so well there was very little I could do to get past him."
World Supersport, Valencia - results (23 laps, 92.115kms): 1 Sébastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 38m27.276s, 2 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) + 0.844s, 3 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) +21.382, 4 Michel Fabrizio ITS (Honda) +25.602, 5 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) +31.478, 6 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha) +32.837, 7 Barry Veneman NED (Suzuk) +36.134, 8 Ginaluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) +38.076, 9 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda) +38.297, 10 Johan Stigefelt SWE (Honda) 38.750.
Championship points after three of 12 rounds: Charpentier 70, Fujiwara 58, Curtain 49, Foret 38, Fabrizio 29, Parkes 29, Chambon 24, Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki) 18, Stigefelt 16, Nannelli 15.
Next round: Monza, Italy - 8 May