PERFECT CHARPENTIER TAKES WIN NUMBER THREE Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda) scored his third race win of the 2006 season after 23-laps of the Valencia racetrack, adding another race victory to his perfect score of three pole...
PERFECT CHARPENTIER TAKES WIN NUMBER THREE
Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda) scored his third race win of the 2006 season after 23-laps of the Valencia racetrack, adding another race victory to his perfect score of three pole positions earned in qualifying. His win extends his championship lead to 15 points over second place Valencia rider, Kevin Curtain, with Charpentier now on a perfect 75 points.
Charpentier's young team-mate, Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda) fell on the fourth lap of the race, losing a points' scoring opportunity after his fall. He now lies 11th in the championship table, with 16 points.
The race was held in dry and warm conditions, a great relief to all after the day had dawned wet and overcast. Charpentier made use of the dry track to set a new lap record, 1'38.664, on his second time around the 4.005km circuit.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team manager
"It was a very good race from Sebastien once again, he pulled a little gap almost immediately and then kept control of the race. It was not easy in the hot conditions and the track had a lot less grip than during qualifying, as we can see the big gap in the lap times. But still Sebastien managed to make a perfect weekend. He was on pole with a new best lap and he also won the race with a new lap record. You can't get any better than that. So thanks to him for providing such a consistent weekend again. I felt sorry for Kenan because he proved that he was on the pace again but lost the front early in the race; just bad luck really. It is another part of the learning curve his is on. It's never easy to move up from a lower class to where we are, and I am quite sure he will pick up his racing again at Monza, demonstrate how fast he is there, and provide a good result for us."
Sebastien Charpentier -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(1st -- Championship Position: 1st with 75 points)
"The race went just perfect, just like I had planned. I tried to gain as much of an advantage as I could, as quickly as I could, so I could control the race without risking too much at the end. The bike was perfect; the tyres were perfect until the very last lap. I knew after the test we had some advantage here, so I felt strong straight away. I am looking forward for Monza. I want to thanks Pirelli and the team, as usually all the support came in the best way possible."
Kenan Sofuoglu -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(DNF -- Championship Position: 11th with 16 points)
"I don't have too much to say. It seems like everything was going well but I guess I pushed too much on that lap and I crashed. In the second corner I lost control of the front and found myself on the ground. I was trying to stay with Fujiwara but I should have controlled my pace at the beginning and then tried to push towards the end."