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WSSAustraliaApril 03, 2005
World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 02 Phillip Island Circuit – Australia

Charpentier The Winner at Wind Torn Phillip Island

Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) secured the lead in the World Supersport Championship after a masterful win in the high winds which plagued Phillip Island. With the morning rains clearing away before race action started in earnest, 25 knot winds - with gusts up to 40 knots, took over the attentions of all 19 Supersport entrants and eventually delayed the start of the 21-lap Supersport race. Charpentier, starting from pole, had to fight hard for his win, after a poor start left him eighth off the line. Into the lead for the first time on lap four he had an almost race long fight with Yamaha rider Kevin Curtain, who eventually faded to finish second, 3.595 seconds down.



S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)


S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)


Katsuaki Fujiwara (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) and Fabien Foret (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) were left to fight it out for the final podium position, after their fellow podium challenger Michel Fabrizio (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) slipped out of the race with only three laps remaining.

Foret was to take this coveted third place, by only 0.021 seconds, with Fujiwara fourth and Jurgen van den Goorbergh (Ducati) fifth. A knee injury for Foret, after a crash in the wet morning warm up, left his knee in a tender condition, affecting his early pace. World Supersport rookie Tatu Lauslehto (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) took a confident ninth, only troubled by the high winds, which made the final two high-speed corners a real test of rider nerve with each passing lap.

Qualifying has been something of a Honda whitewash, as Charpentier, Fabrizio and Foret led the order, with Charpentier setting the best lap of 1’35.746.

Charpentier, who lost a huge lead in the first championship race in Qatar five weeks ago, was understandably relived and delighted to secure the top points score, and with it the championship lead.



F. FORET (Team Megabike)


K. FUJIWARA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)


“I am especially happy with this win because of the disappointment from Qatar. I came here with a lot of confidence because we had a very good test at Valencia a couple of weeks ago. I had a very enjoyable race with Curtain but the main problem was the wind. It was blowing differently at every corner, changing lap by lap, but it was the same for everyone.”

Foret, battling hard throughout and with the experience that his 2002 World Championship win brings, is now fourth in the title chase.

“I crashed this morning in warm up and I had a problem with my knee, so at the start I was very worried about leaning into left corners, in case I banged it on the ground. So I closed the throttle a lot on these corners at the start! Afterwards, I got the measure of it and I am happy with this podium, because Qatar was not a good race for me. There is more work to do again to overtake Ten Kate but for now this is a good step.”

For Fujiwara, fourth was hard won, and was good enough to keep him second overall, on 38 points.

“I am obviously very disappointed to lose a podium finish for the width of tyre. That was very frustrating, but I am happy for Sebastien and the rest of the team. The wind made the bike very difficult to control but I had an amazing fight with Foret and Fabrizio, and I tried as hard as I could the whole way through.”

Finnish rider Lauslehto was new to the demands of the magnificent Phillip Island circuit, only disliking the wind.

“The track is very fast, with a great layout but the only problem was the wind. It was particularly bad in the last two corners. It would have been good if I could have caught Stephane Chambon in front of me but I did not want to push too hard in that wind.”

Fabrizio, looking as likely as any of the other riders to take the last podium place, nonetheless increased his Supersport reputation once more.

“I started very fast and I thought I would stay in the group with Foret and Fujiwara at the end, but a few laps from the finish I had a problem with front grip. It was never a problem during practice – we did 25 laps with no problems - but today it arrived. The slow MG corner, where I slipped up, was the only one where I had to close the throttle completely. Around the others I could keep even 5% throttle, and that helped the front to stop pushing. Even then, I had to take very wide lines to take the pressure off the front.”


World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 02 Phillip Island Circuit – Australia


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1 S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
2 K. CURTAIN (Yamaha Motor Germany)
3 F. FORET (Team Megabike)
4 K. FUJIWARA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
5 J. VD GOORBERGH (Ducati Selmat)
6 J. STIGEFELT (Stiggy Motorsports)
7 B. PARKES (Yamaha Motor Germany)
8 S. CHAMBON (Gil Motor Sport)
9 T. LAUSLEHTO (Klaffi Honda)
10 C.COGAN (Moto 1 - Suzuki )
11 J. FORES (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra)
12 D. GARCIA (Lightspeed Kawasaki)
13 T. MIKSOVSKY (Intermoto Czech Republic)
14 P. SZKOPEK (Intermoto Czech Republic)



S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

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