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WSSCzech RepublicJuly 17, 2005
World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 07 BRNO – Czech Republic

Charpentier and Honda Win First Brno World Supersport Race

Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) secured his fifth win of the season after a tough race around the magnificent environs of Brno in the Czech Republic. The Frenchman had some stiff competition from several quarters and was not able to the repeat the immediate front running adventures which have characterized much of his 2005 season. One by one his rivals fell, retired or dropped their pace, and he took the win by a clear 4.429 seconds, setting a new lap record of 2’07.316 to go with his pole position success in qualifying. He also extended his championship lead by a further 25 points over his injured team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR), with his new total of 165 comparing favorably with Fujiwara’s 106.

S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

Michel Fabrizio (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) led on lap one, but eventually dropped off Charpentier’s pace as the race wound down to its 18-lap completion, and the young Italian finished second. He was just under a second ahead of Ducati runner Gianluca Nannelli, and private Honda entrant, Robbin Harms (Stiggy Motorsports CBR600RR).

Fujiwara’s temporary replacement Craig Jones (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR), a front-runner on a Honda in the British Supersport series, was sixth, only losing his chance of a podium finish in the last section of the race, when his front tyre performance dropped off.

Finnish rider Tatu Lauslehto (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) lost grip from the rear earlier than anticipated and ended 12th, scoring four championship points. Fabien Foret (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) was forced to retire.

Charpentier had to work hard for his win, alternating the lead between himself and eventually faller Kevin Curtain (Yamaha), before leading the last eight laps effectively unchallenged.

“It was a difficult race and a good battle with Kevin from the start,” said this year’s leading Supersport force. “It was not such a good race after he crashed out – I prefer a fight – but the result has given me a good position in the championship. With my pole position qualifying time and fastest lap of the race, it’s been a complete weekend for me. The grip went off towards the end of the race today but it’s our first visit here, so it feels good to beat the other teams that have tested here already.”

Fabrizio did his championship position a great favor at Brno, going fifth on 62 points, only 12 behind his team-mate Foret.

M.FABRIZIO (Italia Megabike)

C. JONES (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

“This was a good result for us and it has also helped our championship position a lot,” said a relived Fabrizio. “It has helped me in my ambition to finish inside the top three. I tried hard to stay with the leaders but in the last five laps the performance of the front tyre went down very fast. So I closed the gas and just controlled the gap back to Nannelli for the last few laps.”

Jones, in his first ride for Winston Ten Kate, was in a competitive position almost throughout the entire 18 laps of the 5.403km circuit, and felt he could even have challenged podium rider Nannelli.

“Everything was fine until the last few laps when I lost grip from the front end,” said Jones, who was otherwise happy with his weekend’s work. “In the race I was pushing hard and carrying a lot more corner speed. I think it was possible to run with Nannelli, but I preferred to bring it home. The race was longer than a normal British Championship event but I had no problems with that, just the drop in front tyre grip.”

Lauslehto expected at least a top ten from his Brno weekend, but the fates conspired against him from the start. He now sits on 40 points, in tenth position overall.

“Like every weekend we had a hard race but the main problem was not such good grip from the rear and other riders had more,” said the Finn. “I was losing out on the exit of every corner. I expected a little bit more here but without the same grip as everyone else, I had no chance.”

Foret was disappointed in particular with the mysterious end to his race, as he pitted for a new rear, thinking his tyre was deflating, before finally retiring on lap nine. He had been hit from behind by Charpentier earlier in the race, but no damage was evident to tyre or machine.

“I felt that my tyre deflated and I don’t know why,” said Foret. “There was nothing to do. I had a collision early in the lap and I thought the bike was leaking oil at first, that’s why I was looking behind me all the time, so we need to find out exactly what happened."

World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 07 BRNO – Czech Republic


1 S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
2 M.FABRIZIO (Italia Megabike)
3 G.NANNELLI (Ducati SC Caracchi)
4 R.HARMS (Stiggy Motorsports)
5 J. FORES (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra)
6 C. JONES (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
7 S. CHAMBON (Gil Motor Sport)
8 A. CORRADI (Ducati Selmat)
9 W.DAEMEN (Van Zon Honda)
10 B. VENEMAN (Suzuki Nederland)
11 J. STIGEFELT (Stiggy Motorsports)
12 T. LAUSLEHTO (Klaffi Honda)
13 C. MIGLIORATI (Lightspeed Kawasaki)
14 M.LAGRIVE (Moto 1 - Suzuki)
15 S. LE GRELLE (Le Grelle Dholda in Action)

S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda) & M.FABRIZIO (Italia Megabike)

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