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WSSFranceOctober 9, 2005
World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 12 MAGNY COURS – France

Fabrizio Takes Podium Finish After Pole Triumph

Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) may have been forced out of participation in the final race of the Supersport season due to injury but the on-track action throughout the 23-lap Magny Cours event was as fast and furious as ever. Pole position rider Michel Fabrizio (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) took a new race lap record on his way to third place, one position ahead of his team-mate Fabien Foret (Team Italia Megabike Honda CBR600RR) as they chased home Broc Parkes and Kevin Curtain (Yamaha).

M. FABRIZIO (Italia Megabike)

F. FORET (Team Megabike)

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) battled hard to finish the race in seventh position, overcoming a painful finger injury, which plagued him with greatest severity around the heavy braking sections of the 4.411km Magny Cours circuit. Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR stand-in rider Arie Vos finished 11th, despite a mid race fall. Tatu Lauslehto ended his season with a 12th place in the Magny Cours race, but with a tenth place in the championship fight overall.

Honda’s final margin of victory in the manufacturer’s championship was an impressive 78, scoring a total of 270 points from a possible 300.

For Fabrizio, Magny Cours was a great end to a hard championship season, in which he finished overall fifth, on 138 points.

K. FUJIWARA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

A. VOS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

“I had a big battle with Kevin Curtain and Fabien and it would have been easier to fight for the win if I did not have to get involved in such a big fight,” said Fabrizio. “But it was a great race for the fans.”

Fujiwara’s determination to overcome his hand injury and recent spate of misfortune meant he held onto third in the championship itself, five points clear of Foret, 149 to 144. ‘Kats’ won two races in his debut Honda season, at Qatar and Monza.

“The race was very tiring and 23 laps with my sore hand was a bit too much,” said Fujiwara. “Trying to use the clutch with a broken finger is very painful. I tried my best and it was very important for me and the team to finish third in the championship. I am pleased about that and I can go and pick up my FIM medal tonight.”

Foret gave his all as usual, with the impetus of the local crowd not quite enough to overcome his mid race fade in pace. His championship fourth place was backed up by the race win at Assen.

“I tried very hard to get away with the leaders but it wasn’t possible,” said Foret. “I had a big fight with Curtain and Michel, but at half distance my tyres were going off. I had to slow down or risk a crash. It’s very frustrating because I knew I had to finish on the podium to have a chance to take third overall.”

Vos kept hold of his machine as he fell at low speed, remounting immediately to charge close to a top ten finish.

“I was feeling quite comfortable until I lost the front,” said Vos. “Luckily it wasn’t too fast, so I was able to pick up the bike and carry on. I’m sorry that happened because the team has been fantastic and it would have been great to bring the bike home and in one piece for a better result.”

Lauslehto scored good points at another new track for him, and in finishing 12th in the race, he went tenth in the overall championship fight. He was not satisfied with his raceday, however.

“I had a lot of problems with grip today,” said Lauslehto, “and therefore I could not make the push I wanted to get closer to the top ten in race conditions.”

World Supersport Championships 2005
Round 12 MAGNY COURS – France


1 B. PARKES (Yamaha Motor France)
2 K. CURTAIN (Yamaha Motor France)
3 M. FABRIZIO (Italia Megabike)
4 F. FORET (Team Megabike)
5 J. FORES (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra)
6 J. STIGEFELT (Stiggy Motorsports)
7 K. FUJIWARA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
8 S. CHAMBON (Gil Motor Sport)
9 G. NANNELLI (Ducati SC Caracchi)
10 M. LAGRIVE (Moto 1 - Suzuki )
11 A. VOS (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
12 T. LAUSLEHTO (Klaffi Honda)
13 I. GOI (Bike Service)
14 J. JANSSEN (Suzuki Nederland)
15 S. PENNA (Ajo Promotion)

M. FABRIZIO (Italia Megabike)

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