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WSSGermanyMay 30, 2004
World Supersport Championship 2004 - Round 5

Honda Riders Disqualified Despite Podium Domination

Update (June 8, 2004) - FIM announced that it has reversed its previous disqualification of 6 Honda-powered riders.

Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) had to maintain a race-long high pace to earn victory for himself at Oschersleben but he, like five other top Honda riders, were disqualified from the official results after discrepancies were found in the homologation weight of the rear wheel spindle, according to existing information. The punishment will be appealed, and a meeting at the FIM headquarters in Geneva will make a final ruling on the case next week.

Broc Parkes & Karl Muggeridge

During the on track action Muggeridge held off his team-mate Broc Parkes for a Ten Kate Honda 1-2, and the initial joy in the Honda camp was redoubled after Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) took third place, closely chasing home the leading pairing. All three riders were to lose their points and podium prizes and the eventual winner was Stephane Chambon (Suzuki), from Katsuaki Fujiwara (Suzuki) and Jurgen van den Goorbergh (Yamaha).

Charpentier's team-mate Max Neukirchner (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) was originally classified an excellent fifth, his best in a short Supersport career, but he too was disqualified.

The Team Italia Megabike Honda riders experienced the same fate as their other Honda comrades, Corradi originally in ninth and Sacchetti in 13th. The results of some other private Honda riders, such as eventual seventh placed rider Werner Daemen (Honda) were left to stand.

Muggeridge, speaking immediately after the race and then after the news of the disqualification, said "We had to work for that today as Broc pushed hard and so did Sebastien at the beginning. I felt I was always under pressure. We are all shocked at the exclusion. If there was any thought of anyone cheating then we would have to accept the result - but it's the same part as the road going machine. "

Parkes, later to be bitterly disappointed with his misfortune after a strong race, said on the podium, "I knew before the race that I just could not crash so I had to be a bit more cautious. I've never really been in that position before. I ran off onto the dirt at one stage and so I settled for second, before the exclusion. Karl did well today, rode a bit better and deserved the win."

Charpentier, another to suffer a lost podium place, stated immediately after the podium ceremony, "Another tough race but we could go at a good pace and that's very positive. I would prefer to have won the battle but we couldn't quite get to the top. The next tracks are good for me in any case."

Neukirchner, on home tarmac in Germany, stated; "That was a nice race to start, very cool for me. I had no problems in the race, had a good set-up, good riding conditions, a good bike and tyres and I felt like it was a normal race. I felt comfortable riding with those guys so it was disappointing about the end."

Corradi was already in a fury at his bad luck in the race. "My visor mounting broke on my crash helmet, after being hit by a rock thrown up by another rider, two laps into the race. I was struggling with that from then on. The bike was running OK, that was not the problem, but it was very distracting to have my visor move around in the wind. It's terrible to be excluded from the results."

Sacchetti, who finished a lucky 13th but was later also disqualified said, "There was a problem with the steering in the right-handers, all through the race. In the warm-up I crashed with the first bike and the second bike was not set up as well as that one."

In the Championship itself, eventual third placed rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh sits on 89 points, with Muggeridge second on 62, Fujiwara third on 54.

Supersport Championship 2003, Round 5

1 K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)
2 B.PARKES (Ten Kate Honda)
3 S.CHARPENTIER (Klaffi Honda)
4 S.CHAMBON (Suzuki Alstare Corona Extra)
5 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Klaffi Honda)
6 K. FUJIWARA (Suzuki Alstare Corona Extra)
9 A.CORRADI (Italia Megabike)
13 D. SACCHETTI (Italia Megabike)
14 W.DAEMEN (Alpha Technik - Van Zon)
15 S. LE GRELLE (LeGrelle Dholda Moto P.)
19 D. ELLISON (IRT Honda Israel)


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