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WSSSan MarinoJune 25, 2006
World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 06 MISANO ADRIATICO – San Marino

Sanna Scores Second For Honda at His Home Circuit

Stand in rider Simone Sanna (Megabike Honda CBR600RR) rode to within 0.242 seconds of the win at Misano, after 23-laps of tough competition in hot conditions. He led across the line after the first lap, and was always in contention, but could not quite get close enough to eventual winner Massimo Roccoli to pass before the finish line, after a signalling mix up. Sanna was drafted in to replace the injured Katsuaki Fujiwara (Megabike Honda CBR600RR) and had qualified second, before replicating that performance in race conditions. Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR), starting from ninth, was up to fourth for a time but slipped back to finish eighth, with his stand-in team-mate Arie Vos (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) 14th, scoring two points.

Simoni Sanna

Robbin Harms

Once more Robbin Harms (Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) rode effectively, to finish fifth, with his team-mate Johan Stigefelt (Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) ninth. Monza race winner Yoann Tiberio (Megabike Honda CBR600RR) fell on lap six, after passing Sofuoglu up the inside at the Tramonto corner.

Sanna, now 14th in the championship thanks to the 20 points he scored today, knew he would be in with a good chance of a strong points score after qualifying.

“I'm really happy because I made a wonderful race in my return to the World Supersport Championship,” said a plainly delighted Sanna. “ At the end I believed I could attack Roccoli but a mistake with the pit board, which said two laps to go and not one, stopped me from trying. Despite this I'm satisfied, this is a big return for me and I want to thank all the guys in the team, Honda, and all the sponsors.”

Sofuoglu recovered from a pre-race bout of nerves to score eighth, and had a rider not fallen in front of him, losing him two places, his initial forward progress may have been maintained. He is now ninth overall, on 35 points.

Kenan Sofuoglu

Arie Vos

“I started very well but it was I was really tired after five laps, but if I had condition today for sure I would have had a podium,” said Sofuoglu. “Until the seventh lap I was as fast as the guys ahead of me, but after that lap I had to slow down. I was very nervous before the race and that made me tense on the bike. I just have to learn to relax more and if I can do that, then no problem.”

Vos approached the Misano round with a long trail of recent races behind him, and that, as well as his 23rd place qualifying position, told against him.

"There was a lot of work to do because of the start position but I kept my place at the start and pushed hard in the first laps,” said Vos. “I tried to find a good rhythm, and stay focused for a long race. It think I pushed to the maximum today and if I had been offered 14th place before the weekend I would have said 14th place was not so good. But after the weekend, 14th place is not so bad. Before this weekend I have had seven consecutive races, so I was not so fit, because I had no breaks. The preparations were not so good, but I am very pleased to have been asked to ride for the team, and thanks to them."

Tiberio was well placed for another strong top five finish until his fall when he attempted to pass another rider.

“I had a not so good start but I took the other guys early in the race,” said Tiberio. “I felt I could make a fantastic race and I was OK with the physical side of things. When I passed Sofuoglu I arrived into the corner too fast, I lost grip from the front tyre, and I went down. I’m very sorry for this mistake, because I know that this was a good race to take points for the championship.”

World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 06 MISANO ADRIATICO – San Marino


1 M.ROCCOLI / Yamaha Team Italia
2 S. SANNA / Megabike Honda Team
3 B. PARKES / Yamaha Motor Germany
4 D. CHECA / Yamaha - GMT 94
5 R.HARMS / Stiggy Motorsports
6 K. CURTAIN / Yamaha Motor Germany
7 G.VIZZIELLO / Yamaha Team Italia
8 K. SOFUOGLU / Winston Ten Kate Honda
9 J. STIGEFELT / Dark Dog Stiggy Motorsports
10 J. FORES / SLM Racing
11 M.BERGER / Gil Motor Sport
12 W.DE ANGELIS / Intermoto Czech Klaffi
13 M.LAGRIVE / Intermoto Czech Klaffi
14 A. VOS / Winston Ten Kate Honda
15 M.SANCHINI / Bikersdays Yamaha Moto

Simoni Sanna

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