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WSSSpainApril 23, 2006
World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 03, Valencia – Spain

Charpentier Once More Mr Perfect For Honda

Sebastien Charpentier (Winston ten Kate Honda) used all the pace he had demonstrated in taking his third straight pole position of the 2006 season to take his third straight WSS race win. He led the entire 23-lap Valencia race in masterful fashion, breaking the lap record on the second lap. His new best of 1’38.664 was set on a dry track, but one which was not in perfect condition after overnight and morning rains had fallen.



Charpentier is still the clear championship leader, sitting on 75 points to second place man Kevin Curtain’s 60. In the first three races of the 2006 season, Curtain has finished second to Charpentier on each occasion.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR) joined Charpentier on the Valencia podium having scored third despite the pain in his recently injured left wrist. He battled over second place with Curtain for some time but had to ease off after ten laps or so, thanks to the pain from his injury.

Fujiwara’s team-mate Yoann Tiberio (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR) settled for a seventh place finish at the end of a tough race for the WSS rookie, but he only gave up on his battle with fellow Honda rider Robbin Harms (Stiggy Motorsports CBR600RR) when his tyres lost optimum grip.

Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was in contention for a top five finish when he fell on lap four, losing the front on the entrance to turn two.

For Charpentier, Valencia was another flawless weekend, one of a few in his championship defence so far.



“The race went just perfect, just like I had planned,” said the Frenchman. “I tried to gain as much of an advantage as I could, as quickly as I could, so I could control the race without risking too much at the end. The bike was perfect; the tyres were perfect until the very last lap. I knew after the test we had some advantage here, so I felt strong straight away.”

Fujiwara’s third place delivers him his first points score of the year, and he is in tenth place overall, on 16 points.

"I had a good feeling with the bike today,” explained Fujiwara, who had qualified third fastest. “But, after ten laps, I had a lot of pain from my injured wrist and so I decided to exercise control and not take a risk. After two races with no points I took important points here.”

Tiberio’s race was conducted at a high pace at the beginning, but tailed off towards the end as tyre wear played its part. Nonetheless, the French rookie is now ranked fifth overall, with 22 points.

"I had a good start and I pushed hard for 18 laps,” affirmed Tiberio, “but after that the rear and front tyres started to slide and as I am not experienced with the tyres in Supersport I closed the gas a little so I would not crash. I don’t like the Valencia track much, but today I had a good finish, so I can think of the other races now.”

After his fall and no score Sofuoglu sits 11th in the standings, still on the 16 points he earned for third place in the opening round at Qatar.

“I don’t have too much to say,” stated the young Turkish rider. “It seems like everything was going well but I guess I pushed too much on that lap and I crashed. In the second corner I lost control of the front and found myself on the ground. I was trying to stay with Fujiwara but I should have controlled my pace at the beginning and then tried to push towards the end.”

World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 03, Valencia – Spain


1 S. CHARPENTIER / Winston Ten Kate Honda
2 K. CURTAIN / Yamaha Motor Germany
3 K. FUJIWARA / Megabike Honda Team
4 B. PARKES / Yamaha Motor Germany
5 R.HARMS / Stiggy Motorsports
6 Y. TIBERIO / Megabike Honda Team
7 J. FORES / SLM Racing
8 M.ROCCOLI / Yamaha Team Italia
9 G.VIZZIELLO / Yamaha Team Italia
10 B. VENEMAN / Hoegee Suzuki
11 J. BROOKES / Team Manila Grace SC
12 W.DE ANGELIS / Intermoto Czech Klaffi
13 T. LAUSLEHTO / Dark Dog Stiggy Motorsports
14 S. LE GRELLE / Legrelle - Honda Belgium
15 T. TUNSTALL / Hardinge Ice Valley M.


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