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WSSU.K.August 7, 2005
World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 08 Brands Hatch - Great Britain

Charpentier Hits Opposition For Six

Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) battled hard for his sixth win of the 2005 championship series, having to put in a final lap effort of outstanding effectiveness to win the Brands Hatch race by just under one second. It was his fellow Honda rider, Michel Fabrizio (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) who caused him most concern over all 25 laps, as he was the only rider to match Charpentier's pace around the warm tarmac of Brands Hatch. Kevin Curtain (Yamaha) was a close, but unthreatening, third, with private Honda entrant Stephane Chambon in fourth.

S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

M.FABRIZIO (Italia Megabike)

Fabien Foret (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) was fifth after sliding back from potential contention for a podium, while Suzuka 8-Hour podium rider Katsuaki Fujiwara (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) battled for his sixth place finish.

Finnish rider Tatu Lauslehto (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) was eased off track at one stage and had to use all his fighting instincts in a group of sometimes five riders, battling for the same stretch of tarmac. He finished 14th, taking two more championship points.

Charpentier is now potentially only one race from the championship outright, as he enjoys a lead of 74 points over teammate Fujiwara. He also left Brands with a new qualifying track record for Supersport, 1’28.376.

F. FORET (Team Megabike)

K. FUJIWARA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

“It was a very good race and Michel was in very good form today, and pushed me all the way,” stated Charpentier. “He was very fast when he was behind me but, whenever he got in front, he slowed the pace and was gesturing for me to get back in front. I had no problems today and I was able to push a bit harder towards the end to make things a bit more comfortable. It’s another complete weekend, with fastest lap, pole position and the race win. It just shows how good the bike is and how hard the team has worked.”

Fabrizio followed up his recent Brno race second with another runner up sport, almost moving to fourth in the championship, with four rounds remaining.

“I pushed hard all race but I think I chose a slightly too soft rear tyre to be able to stay with Sebastien on the last lap,” said Fabrizio. “Our engine was not quite as powerful as his and we had some trouble in practice with our set-up, so second is a good finish in my first Supersport race here.”

Foret looked like he may find a podium spark at one stage but was quickly relegated to the second echelon of the race. He now sits fourth in the series, on 85 points.

“I got quite a bad start again," said Foret, “but tried to push hard later on to catch the two guys out in front. But I couldn’t do it and when Curtain came past I could not even follow him. A bad weekend for me, I am tired and I don’t feel too good. I had a little problem with the front but it is not only the bike. I do not feel so good in myself. I am not so strong at the moment.”

After racing at the Suzuka 8-Hour on Superbike spec machinery, Fujiwara was in good shape for his return to action in the Brands Supersport race, until a mid race fade.

“I didn’t get a very good start and lost contact with the leaders quite early. About halfway through the race I started to lose rear grip and was starting to slide into corners, then again as I accelerated out. I tried to spend the second half of the race trying to chase Foret and Chambon. But I could not get any closer to them. It was a shame because I was happy with my race set-up and the way I had adapted to riding the bike again.”

Lauslehto, in is first Brands race weekend, found the layout a challenge, as most rookie riders do at this venue. His 14th place leaves him on 42 points, tenth in the championship.

“I got run off the track by Fores at one point and lost places to another couple of riders,” said Lauslehto, in his first visit to the English venue. “My engine temperature rose a little high as well and it was a real battle with so many riders. Some of them crashed out but I wanted to make sure I could finish the race.”

In the championship battle, Charpentier has 190 points, having only dropped ten points all year. Behind Fujiwara’s 116 Curtain has 109, Foret 85, and Fabrizio is a close fifth on 82.

World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 08 Brands Hatch - Great Britain


1 S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
2 M.FABRIZIO (Italia Megabike)
3 K. CURTAIN (Yamaha Motor Germany)
4 S. CHAMBON (Gil Motor Sport)
5 F. FORET (Team Megabike)
6 K. FUJIWARA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
7 A. CORRADI (Ducati Selmat)
8 C. JONES (Northpoint Ekerold Honda)
9 M.LAGRIVE (Moto 1 - Suzuki)
10 C.CRUTCHLOW (Northpoint Ekerold Honda)
11 J. FORES (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra)
12 T. TUNSTALL (Hardinge Bridgeport)
13 R.HARMS (Stiggy Motorsports)
14 T. LAUSLEHTO (Klaffi Honda)
15 J. STIGEFELT (Stiggy Motorsports)

S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

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