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WSSQatarFebruary 25, 2006
World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 01, Losail International Circuit - Doha, Qatar

Charpentier Scores First Race Win of 2006 Season

Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR rider Sebastien Charpentier started his championship defense in the best fashion possible by winning the Losail race, setting a new lap record and scoring pole position in final qualifying. The Frenchman ran out a five second winner over Yamaha rider Kevin Curtain, after 18-laps in desert sunshine at Qatar. Charpentier took a new lap record of 2'03.921, having set pole with a 2'03.093. Charpentier led every one of the race's 18-laps.



A successful day for the Winston Ten Kate Honda team saw their newest Supersport recruit, Kenan Sofuoglu, score a podium in his first Honda CBR600RR Supersport ride, taking a safe third after challenging for the lead in the first few laps.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR) was fully in contention in the early stages, as he led off the line before being swamped by Charpentier's pace. He was to fall at high speed on lap five, breaking a scaphoid bone in his wrist and will now miss the Phillip Island round in Australia. Yoann Tiberio (Megabike Honda CBR600RR) was forced to miss the Qatar race in its entirety after suffering a cycling injury, but is heading of to Australia, hoping to be fit in time.

For Charpentier the race, conducted at a high pace throughout, was a vindication of not only his machine, but the preparations of his team in pre-season.



"In testing in December we made a lot of improvements and set some good times here in Qatar," said the 2005 champion. "We pushed very hard for many laps, and today we did 2'04s consistently, with some 2'03s, so I am very pleased about that. It improved on last year and proved to us that we have many possibilities this year. I felt very comfortable on the bike and we are in a good condition. Kenan did very well; he is young and hungry to finish on the podium so it's perfect for me. You need a fast rider in your team to compare yourself against."

Sofuoglu, fast from first to last this weekend, raced with a maturity in the final few laps, taking an outstanding podium in his first ride for his new team.

"I am very happy with this result, even after we knew would could be fast after the pole time I set," said the charging Kenan, who played it safe towards the end. "I ran in the first group in the race, and even though it was very difficult in the first laps, I knew I could go with them. After ten laps I was in third position and I realized that I had to keep the podium, so I stopped trying to challenge Kevin Curtain for second. This is a good result for us and thanks to the team for providing me with such a fast bike. The bike is completely different from my 2005 Superstock machine, there are many things you can change in Supersport, and more you can do with suspension."

Fujiwara was firmly on course for a strong finish after a fourth place qualifying, but his crash stopped not only his race, but his ambitions for the next round in Australia.

"It's a shame for this to happen, not only crashing out but losing the chance to race in Australia," said Fujiwara. "I am going home to Japan now to have an operation to pin my wrist, so it should be OK for the Valencia round."

World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 01, Losail International Circuit - Doha, Qatar


1 S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
2 K. CURTAIN (Yamaha Motor Germany)
3 K. SOFUOGLU (Winston Ten Kate Honda)
4 J. FORES (SLM Racing)
5 J. STIGEFELT (Dark Dog Stiggy Motorsports)
6 R.HARMS (Stiggy Motorsports)
7 M.ROCCOLI (Yamaha Team Italia)
8 C. ZAISER (LBR Ducati Racing)
9 G.VIZZIELLO (Yamaha Team Italia)
10 J. BROOKES (Ducati SC - Caracchi)
11 S. LE GRELLE (Legrelle - Honda Belgium)
12 A. GOBERT (Yamaha - GMT 94)
13 W.DE ANGELIS (Intermoto Czech Klaffi)
14 T. TUNSTALL (Hardinge Ice Valley M.)
15 G.NANNELLI (Kopron Edo Racing)


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