CHARPENTIER EXPERIENCES ANOTHER PERFECT RACE WEEKEND Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) scored his second win of the 2006 championship season, after 21 hot and challenging laps of the classic Phillip...
CHARPENTIER EXPERIENCES ANOTHER PERFECT RACE WEEKEND
Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) scored his second win of the 2006 championship season, after 21 hot and challenging laps of the classic Phillip Island Circuit. His winning margin of 1.361 seconds was earned the hard way after a race long fight with Kevin Curtain, and the race was only ended as a contest after Charpentier upped the pace on the last three laps. With Curtain second overall, Charpentier's championship lead now stands at ten points, 50 points to 40.
Kenan Sofuoglu was in a battle for fourth place when he fell on lap 12, at Honda corner, and he was unable to re-start. He suffered a hard impact on his right wrist, but examinations in the medical centre showed no fractures. A rookie at the Phillip Island circuit, Sofuoglu had enjoyed a good qualifying session, and looked set for a comfortable double-digit point score until his fall. Sofuoglu's misadventure now puts him sixth overall in the championship fight, on 16 points.
Ronald Ten Kate Team Manager
"It was another good win for us and it is particularly pleasing because we didn't have any pre-season testing at this track. We know that the two Yamaha guys had both been testing around here. That makes it all even better. Sebastien had to ride for his money today but it seems that he was ultimately in control. Just like in Qatar, he could go for a few quick lap times even at the end, opening up a gap. He leads the championship by even more points now, so we couldn't be happier for him. It was a shame for Kenan, because he was riding very well in warm-up, after we had confirmed some things with his set-up. He was a little bit behind the leading bunch, and he made a few little mistakes under braking, so he had to work hard. But he was making the same lap times as the leading group, and then I think he maybe asked too much from the front tyre and fell. It's a learning year for him, he's on a steep learning curve, so we'll see more of him when we arrive back in Europe."
Sebastien Charpentier WSS Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(1st position Championship Position: 1st with 50 points)
"Another nice race, for sure. Kevin was very strong, he pushed me very hard but this is normal, and it was a home race for Kevin as well. I tried very hard to win today and it was a very hot race. There was a lot of spinning from the rear, but the bike was very good today, even if the Yamaha was very close. It will be necessary to work extra hard for the next race in Europe, in Valencia. It was a very good weekend here, two wins in the season so far, so I have to say thank you to Honda and Pirelli."
Kenan Sofuoglu WSS Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(DNF Championship Position: 6th with 16 points)
"I tried too hard to catch the first group but I made a mistake and fell back down the order a little. There was a small gap to the leaders but I worked my way up to fifth position again, in the second group, managed to overtake another rider, and then I crashed. Not the best weekend result but I hope I can be strong again in Valencia."