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WSSMagny Cours, FranceOctober 3, 2004
World Supersport Championship 2004 - Round 10
Magny Cours, France

Honda Riders Take Another Podium Clean Sweep

The record-breaking year of Karl Muggeridge in World Supersport continued apace in the final round of the 2004 season at Magny Cours. The Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR rider was fourth in qualifying but took his seventh race victory in a single World Supersport season, a new record for the class. It was also an unprecedented fourth straight win, to add to a three-in-a-row from earlier in the season. Muggeridge thus ripped the 200-point barrier asunder, ending his year with a whopping score of 207, fully 72 more than his nearest rival, his own Ten Kate team-mate Broc Parkes. Honda won the Manufacturer’s championship by an impressive 36 points, 212 to Yamaha’s 176.

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)

The lead in the Magny Cours race was monopolized by the Ten Kate riders, with Parkes and Muggeridge exchanging the role of pacemaker. Parkes attempted a front running break but as the laps timed out, Muggeridge attacked for the last time on the last lap and took the lead and race win number seven.

Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) continued his strong form but could not quite get into contention after some moments of concern and a less than perfect tyre selection pre race. His third place race finish gave him overall championship fourth, and gave Honda its third Podium clean sweep of the year.

Charpentier’s team-mate, Max Neukirchner finished his rookie SBK season with an eighth in the race, and an overall ninth - a noteworthy achievement for the 21-year-old German. He won the ‘Rookie of the Year’ Trophy for his efforts.

Team Italia Megabike CBR600RR Honda riders Michel Fabrizio and Denis Sacchetti had a difficult culmination to their impressive final race weekends, each posting a non-finish. Fabrizio had to retire from a strong fourth place for safety reasons with a cracked and leaking oil pressure sensor on his machine, while Sacchetti crashed out of contention on lap three.

B.PARKES (Ten Kate Honda)

S.CHARPENTIER (Klaffi Honda)

Muggeridge was modest in his thoughts about his historic victory. “I was going pretty well and then I started to lose some grip in the rear and my times got worse,” said Muggeridge. “Then Broc came through and started edging away so I had to try really hard to keep with him. Then finally he slowed a little bit and I could lift my pace. I worked my way up and passed him and then tried to keep him behind for the whole lap. It was good to win another one before the year ended.”

Parkes tried his best, but could not reclaim the lead he had enjoyed for 15 of the 22 laps, with all other laps headed by Muggeridge. “It was tough,” explained Ten Kate’s second Aussie rider. “I got a good start and as quickly as I could I got onto the back of Karl. I thought about the last race so I reckoned I should go as fast as I could to drop them off the lead. I got past Karl, then he took me at the end and I saw Charpentier really close behind me. I really wanted to go out and race for the win today but I thought in the final lap it was better to take second in the race and earn second in the championship.”

Charpentier regretted not being able to get into contact with the leaders, but nonetheless paid tribute to his opponents. “Broc and Karl were very fast today and for myself third was a good job, because my choice of rear tyre was not perfect, even though my bike has gone well all weekend,” he stated. “I slid a lot and it was difficult to keep contact. I finished forth in the title and that’s not so bad. I’m happy for my team and for me. I have pushed hard very hard in race after race.”

Rookie rider Max Neukirchner was happy with both race and season results. “Yeah, that was OK. I got a good start, fast away but then I had some problem with the rear, lots of spinning and slides at the end. But I finished well inside the top ten in the race and ninth in the championship. In my first year on four-strokes and my first in a World Championship, that is pretty good. I’m happy.”

For Fabrizio, it was a particularly disappointing day in the office, after such a good ride. “I started so fast and was riding comfortably in fourth place. I decided to stay quiet until the finish. The bike was in good shape the tyres were still in good condition. I think I could have tried for the podium in the last few laps but I hit one of the cones on the edge of turn one, that broke the oil pressure sensor, and the oil pressure dropped. Changing gear was a problem after that so I had to retire.”

Sacchetti was in fine form until his crash. “My start was quite fast and I was inside the top 15 positions. But after a few laps I crashed at the Adelaide corner and my race was finished.”

World Superbike Championship – Round 10

James Toseland (Ducati) retook the championship lead after the first of the season ending races at Magny Cours, beating Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) for the top podium slot. Regis Laconi (Ducati) scored third in a race of attrition for many top riders while Chris Vermeulen, on a ten Kate Honda Fireblade, was forced to retire, and was subsequently ruled out of contention for the overall title.

In race two Haga took the win but with Toseland running to a strong second place he took the World Championship from third place rider Regis Laconi. Chris Vermeulen’s Honda suffered a problem with the crank sensor and the young Aussie was forced to retire from a strong fourth place. The final Championship table reads Toseland on 336, Laconi on 327, Haga on 299 and Vermeulen, fourth, on 282.

Supersport Championship 2004, Round 10
Magny Cours, France

1 K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda)
2 B.PARKES (Ten Kate Honda)
3 S.CHARPENTIER (Klaffi Honda)
4 L. LANZI (Ducati Breil)
5 J. VD GOORBERGH (Yamaha Italia)
6 A. PITT (Yamaha Italia)
7 C. COXHELL (Yamaha Motor Deutschland)
8 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Klaffi Honda)
9 M.LAGRIVE (Moto 1)
10 M.BAIOCCO (Lorenzini by Leoni)
11 M.ROCCOLI (Lorenzini by Leoni)
12 B. VENEMAN (Team Suzuki Nederland)
13 C. KELLNER (Yamaha Motor Deutschland)
14 J. LINDSTROM (Klaffi Honda)
15 P. DONISCHAL (Moto 1)

K.MUGGERIDGE (Ten Kate Honda) & B.PARKES (Ten Kate Honda) & S.CHARPENTIER (Klaffi Honda)

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