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WSSGermanySeptember 11, 2005
World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 10 EuroSpeedway Lausitz – Germany

Foret Takes Third at Rain Affected Eurospeedway Lausitz

The arrival of the fully expected rains midway through the World Supersport race at EuroSpeedway Lausitz made for an aggregate race result, making recent Assen race winner Fabien Foret (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) third overall, despite winning the second heat. The result of the first leg was called at ten laps, then after a 15 minute wet track acclimatisation session – albeit held on a largely dry track surface – a 13 lap ‘wet’ race was called.

F. FORET (Team Megabike)

F. FORET (Team Megabike)

Recently crowned 2005 World Champion and Lausitz pole winner Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was an early faller in the first part, while chasing eventual 1-2 duo Kevin Curtain and Broc Parkes (both Yamaha). Such has been the recent performance of the CBR600RR in World Supersport trim that the last non-Honda victory in the class was at Silverstone in 2004.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) battled through both parts of the race to secure fourth place, one ahead of Michel Fabrizio (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR). WSS rookie Tatu Lauslehto (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) went ninth overall, keeping up his 100% points scoring record and promoting him to ninth overall.

Foret showed his battling qualities throughout, improving from fourth in the first heat to overall third, and scoring 16 valuable championship points.

“At the first start I launched not so well and the other guys were too far from me,” said Foret. “I knew that I could run a good race and at the second start I was in front of the other bikes. Today my bike was the top Honda on show again, so thanks to the team for that. I have taken five podiums from the beginning of the season and in Imola and Magny Cours I’ll try to take other two podiums. Perhaps I can win another one.”

Fujiwara’s off podium finish was the opposite of what he needed in the championship chase, losing overall second to Curtain, but only after a complicated two part race.

K. FUJIWARA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

M.FABRIZIO (Italia Megabike)

"We made some changes between the two parts of the race because it was clear that the rain wouldn’t keep falling,” said Kats. “The balance of the bike was definitely better and the changes seemed to work in the second part. Unfortunately, I was too far back after the first part of the race and I made a small mistake at the end of the start-finish straight, which dropped me back from the leaders. I’ll fight hard in Imola to get second place back in the championship, for my mechanics and the whole team.”

Fabrizio was no fan of Lausitz, but still finished with good points.

“At the end I just saved the race weekend,” said Fabrizio. “Today I wasn’t able to run with them. The bike has gone very fast but I don’t like this track too much. It’s a pity because at the end of the practice I hoped that I could earn a podium and instead I have to return home with this fifth position. But to enter in the top five is a good result.”

Lauslehto found himself in a battling group once again in the midfield, and worked long and well for his ninth place finish

“Once again a hard fight,” said the Finn. “I had to work very hard to keep some riders behind me, to keep the door closed and still go fast, but it was worth it to finish in the points, and inside the top ten.”

For Charpentier, his crash was a rude surprise, as was the change in emphasis of the opposition, especially after snatching pole from Curtain with his very last qualifying lap. It was Charpentier’s ninth pole of an amazing 2005 season.

“It feels very strange, I have to admit,” said the new World Champion. “I don’t really understand what happened in the crash – it was exactly the same as the crash in qualifying yesterday and on exactly the same corner. I was feeling OK, although Curtain and Parkes were fast, which surprised me. We still have two more races, though, the last one in my own country; I am still hungry for wins and I will be riding as well as I can at Imola and at Magny-Cours.”

Charpentier’s unchanged total of 210 made him champion at Assen but Curtain now moves to second on 147, with Fujiwara third, on 140. Foret is fourth on 126, with Fabrizio fifth and Lauslehto ninth.

World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 10 EuroSpeedway Lausitz – Germany


1 CURTAIN (Yamaha Motor Germany)
2 PARKES (Yamaha Motor Germany)
3 FORET (Team Megabike)
4 FUJIWARA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
5 FABRIZIO (Italia Megabike)
6 CHAMBON (Gil Motor Sport)
7 CORRADI (Ducati Selmat)
8 STIGEFELT (Stiggy Motorsports)
9 LAUSLEHTO (Klaffi Honda)
10 DAEMEN (Van Zon Honda)
11 TODE (Van Zon Honda)
12 ANDERSEN (Kawasaki DocShop Racing)
13 HARMS (Stiggy Motorsports)
14 FORES (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra)
15 JANSEN (Suzuki Nederland)

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