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WSSItalyMay 7, 2006
World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 04 MONZA – Italy

Tiberio Takes First Win as Charpentier Battles To Third

Honda riders continued their domination of the 2006 World Supersport Championship, but unlike the first three races of the season, world championship leader Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was not the winner. That honour went to WSS rookie Yoann Tiberio (Megabike Honda CBR600RR) who turned an eighth place qualifying performance into an impressive victory in front of a sun-drenched Italian crowd. Honda riders have won every race this season and Monza delivered the first all Honda podium of the season to boot. Honda now leads the Manufacturers’ Championship by 27 points, from Yamaha.



The 19-year-old Frenchman scored his win in dramatic fashion, when early leader Charpentier was punished with a stop-go penalty for a jump-start. Tiberio thus found himself in an eventual two-rider battle for the win until his rival Kevin Curtain (Yamaha) was forced out of contention. He only had to keep a safe distance between himself and eventual second placed rider Robin Harms (Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) to take a final margin of victory of 1.924 seconds.

Behind the leading battle, pole winner Charpentier had dropped to 11th place, broke the lap record immediately after his stop/go, ran off track down an escape road soon after and still returned to the action to score a remarkable third place. With Curtain not scoring, he extended his championship lead to 31 points, with Harms overall third on 52 and Tiberio fourth with 48.

Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was 20th on lap one, having qualified seventh, but fought back to a fine fifth place, entering the top nine overall with 27 points.

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR) had the great misfortune to be involved in a crash with another rider, and was taken out on lap three, when lying in fifth place. He had qualified third and was in a good position to compete with all except the runaway early leader, Charpentier.

Tiberio could not dream of a win before raceday but once he got his chance he took it with both hands.



"I had a strange race today,” said Tiberio. “I started not so well but I made some good laps and passed some riders, and when Fujiwara and Vizziello crashed I pushed hard. I had a beautiful battle with Harms and Curtain and when I saw that Harms was two seconds behind, I kept the gap with a clear focus, especially when I saw that Charpentier had to return to the box. I was happy with the bike and thanks for the work of the team from Phillip Island onwards. I want to continue in this way.”

Charpentier once more missed out on a Monza win, but was relieved to make amends for his early mistake, and even extend his series lead.

“It was a very long story today, an incredible 16 laps,” said Charpentier. “After taking the jump start penalty it was necessary to try very hard to come back to the front. After some very hard braking I ran on at the chicane so it was more difficult again. A very tough race. But I am very happy to finish third after all that and my package was fantastic today. My Honda was incredible and the Pirellis were so good. A blown engine for Kevin Curtain was a very good development for me in the championship. I am also very happy for Yoann Tiberio, who had a difficult start to the championship.”

For Sofuoglu, Monza’s result was a disappointment but after his early race demotion to 24th on the track, his fifth was a similarly impressive result to Charpentier’s.

“The comeback was not so bad, but at the start I made a mistake,” said Sofuoglu. “The real problem was in the first chicane, when a rider crashed and took some others out. I completely lost my exit there again and I was, 24th, and then 20th at the end of the first lap. I thought maybe I could get some points after that happened. Lap by lap I overtook many riders and then I realized that I could overtake a few more. I could have had fourth but another rider bumped me and took me out of my line on the last corner. Fifth was good but it should have been better.”

Fujiwara was largely uninjured in his crash but hugely disappointed by the result of his fall, as it leaves him only 12th overall, on 16 points.

"It’s very hard to accept this result after all the hard work we have put in. I am very disappointed, but pleased for Yoann and the team."

World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 04 MONZA – Italy


1 Y. TIBERIO / FRA / Megabike Honda Team
2 R.HARMS / DEN / Stiggy Motorsports
3 S. CHARPENTIER / FRA / Winston Ten Kate Honda
4 M.ROCCOLI / ITA / Yamaha Team Italia
5 K. SOFUOGLU / TUR / Winston Ten Kate Honda
6 S. EASTON / GBR / Team Manila Grace SC
7 B. PARKES / AUS / Yamaha Motor Germany
8 J. STIGEFELT / SWE / Dark Dog Stiggy Motorsports
9 J. FORES / ESP / SLM Racing
10 S. CHAMBON / FRA / Gil Motor Sport
11 T. LAUSLEHTO / FIN / Dark Dog Stiggy Motorsports
12 S. CRUCIANI / ITA / Passione Moto
13 D. CHECA / ESP / Yamaha - GMT 94
14 V. KALLIO / FIN / Yamaha Racing Support
15 K. ANDERSEN / NOR / Hoegee Suzuki


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