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WSSEuropeMay 28, 2006
World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 05 Europe – Silverstone

Charpentier Continues Honda’s 100% Winning Record

Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) scored his fourth win in five races this season, to extend his championship lead to 40 points. His start-to-finish win came after a period of pressure from Yamaha riders Kevin Curtain and Broc Parkes, but Charpentier was a clear winner by 2.8 seconds in the final analysis, having started from pole and led every single lap.

Sebastien Charpentier

Robbin Harms

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Megabike Honda CBR600RR) was the next best supported Honda rider home, in eighth place, despite re-breaking a bone in his already injured hand. His team-mate Yoann Tiberio (Megabike Honda CBR600RR), the Monza race winner, was down in 14th, after experiencing tyre choice problems mid-race, dropping from the top six position to the second last point scorer.

Charpentier’s team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was only 20th overall, having started from a lowly 18th after a difficult first day in qualifying, which proved to be the only dry one. All the riders suffered from a lack of dry testing time, such was the pre-raceday weather. Raceday itself dawned dry, if windy.

Charpentier knew that he had been in a tough race, but his will to win saw him overcome the lack of testing time, and some tough competition at periods in the race.

Johan Stigefelt

Katsuaki Fujiwara

“It was not an easy race for sure, even if it looked that way,” said Charpentier after his latest triumph. “It was hard because this is a very bumpy, short track, and very physical. So I am happy because yesterday it was difficult to practice, because there was so much rain. It turned out that the bike was not bad at all and for the championship I got more good points, so thanks to Ten Kate and Honda.”

Fujiwara had to grin and bear the pain throughout the race, which was delayed due to a crash in the first Superbike event.

"I have great pain in the hand that I broke in Qatar at the beginning of the season,” affirmed Fujiwara. “On Friday, during practice, I crashed and broke another little part of the same hand, and so Silverstone was a really difficult race for me. I made the best of it but the pain was very big. I hope to arrive in the best condition for the Misano race.”

Tiberio, tenth in qualifying, gambled on tyre choice and it did not turn out the way he wanted, despite the cool ambient temperatures.

"What a hard race,” said Tiberio simply. “I had a different choice of tyre from the other leading riders, too soft, and so I paid for it after five laps of the race. I'm not satisfied because I had no time to set the bike in the best way, because of the rain in practice.”

Sofuoglu complained of a lack of feel from his machine at Silverstone, and suffered a crisis of confidence.

“Things were not so good all weekend, luck was not with me and it was difficult,” said the young Turkish rider. “I started in 18th position and that was far less than what I wanted to do; normally I want to be in the top five. But in the race it did not work out, I couldn’t go away from the others, and I was overtaken. I don’t know what the problem was exactly, so I am looking to the Brno test to get my feeling back for the Italian race at Misano.”

World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 05 Europe – Silverstone


1 S. CHARPENTIER / Winston Ten Kate Honda
2 B. PARKES / Yamaha Motor Germany
3 K. CURTAIN / Yamaha Motor Germany
4   P. RIBA / MSS Discovery Racing
5 R.HARMS / Stiggy Motorsports
6 M.ROCCOLI / Yamaha Team Italia
7 J. FORES / SLM Racing
8 M.LAGRIVE / Intermoto Czech Klaffi
9 J. STIGEFELT / Dark Dog Stiggy Motorsports
10 K. FUJIWARA / Megabike Honda Team
11 D. CHECA / Yamaha - GMT 94
12 M.BERGER / Gil Motor Sport
13 K. ANDERSEN / Hoegee Suzuki
14 Y. TIBERIO / Megabike Honda Team
15 S. EASTON / Team Manila Grace SC

Sebastien Charpentier

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