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WSSSan MarinoJune 26, 2005
World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 06 MISANO ADRIATICO – San Marino

Charpentier Leads Honda Top Three at Misano

In the superheated temperatures of an Italian summer Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) took his fourth win of the year, extending his championship advantage to 34 points. The early front-runner was pole position rider Fabien Foret (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) but after a close battle for the last half of a delayed 23-lap race, there was a mere 0.496 seconds between the Frenchmen. Foret had led for ten laps, but from then on in, despite some valiant efforts, Charpentier was the leader across the line.”

S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

Charpentier’s team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) looked to be keeping a watching brief on proceedings, but dropped back as tyre wear and the sheer pace of the leading duo told. Nonetheless, he finished a comfortable third, over eight seconds ahead of fourth placed rider Kevin Curtain (Yamaha).

Tatu Lauslehto (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) spent most of his 23-laps in a fight with four other riders, before securing tenth place, 27 seconds from the lead.

Into the top positions with his team-mate Foret at the start of the race, Italian rider, Michel Fabrizio (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) experienced misfortune once more, as his machine stopped after only one full lap, having shed its drive chain.

Charpentier’s latest race win extends his championship advantage, and he now sits on a total of 140 points. Fujiwara is second, 106, with Foret fourth, on 74. Fabrizio claims seventh, on 42, while Lauslehto held onto his ninth place overall, on 36.

F. FORET (Team Megabike)

K. FUJIWARA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

Charpentier, in good shape despite battling throughout a race held in temperatures of 32°C air and 50°C track, knew he was in a tough contest, albeit one he was prepared for after some practice low points.

“I am particularly happy because Misano is one of my least favorite circuits and it has not been easy this weekend. I’ve had a couple of crashes and conditions have been difficult to set up the bike properly. After a strange start, when the lights were doing some peculiar things, I managed to settle into a rhythm and actually enjoyed the race. It was great fun and I feel OK, because I am in good physical shape.”

Foret, as his last lap attempts to get back on terms with Charpentier demonstrated, was simply desperate to add the race win to his pole win. His second place finish was nonetheless a season highlight for the 2002 World Champion.

“I’m happy with the bike now after our recent tests at Brno, that made a huge difference to our competitiveness. I just made a mistake under braking at Tramonto, and lost too much ground to Sebastien. But I am happy that we can have the same performance as the Ten Kate machines from now on.”

Fujiwara was not able to stay on the race winning pace, on a different race set-up to Charpentier, and experiencing greater traction issues than his team-mate.

“It was a good race but the start was a little bit mad, with everyone going so fast into the first corner. But the tyres were sliding very much - not so bad on the slower corners but on the fast left handers going onto the back straight, it was very, very difficult. For the last ten laps the tyres were finished so I had to ease back a little bit, and take third place. Sebastien was riding very well and using the same tyres as me, so maybe my settings could have been a bit better.”

Lauslehto once more rode with confidence, in himself and his machinery; recording another top ten finish in his rookie season. He also holds an enviable record for scoring points in every single round so far. He frequently battled against local riders with hundreds of laps of Misano in race conditions.

“I was a bit worried about this because I am from Finland and it is not as hot as this there! But my physical condition was fine, even in the heat, and I was happy to race against such experienced riders. Some of them were at their home track and I was competitive with them.”

Fabrizio was distraught at his misfortune again, as his chain broke exiting the final corner of the first lap, causing his second technical retirement in two races.

“I don’t know what we have to do to change our luck, and especially because I felt very confident for the race itself. It’s a real shame that it was just the chain that came off the sprocket. We always adjust it after warm-up so we are not sure what happened.”

World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 06 MISANO ADRIATICO – San Marino


1 S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
2 F. FORET (Team Megabike)
3 K. FUJIWARA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
4 K. CURTAIN (Yamaha Motor Germany)
5 B. PARKES (Yamaha Motor Germany)
6 S. SANNA (Improve Racing)
7 J. FORES (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra)
8 A. ANTONELLO (Kawasaki Bertocchi)
9 C. MIGLIORATI (Lightspeed Kawasaki)
10 T. LAUSLEHTO (Klaffi Honda)
11 R.HARMS (Stiggy Motorsports)
12 B. VENEMAN (Suzuki Nederland)
13 J. STIGEFELT (Stiggy Motorsports)
14 C. MARIOTTINI (Start Team)
15 S. CHAMBON (Gil Motor Sport)

S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda) & F. FORET (Team Megabike)& K. FUJIWARA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

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