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WSSCzech RepublicJuly 23, 2006
World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 07 BRNO – Czech Republic

Sofuoglu Scores A Podium as Charpentier Fights For Points

With his team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) riding a mature and forceful ride to third place at Brno, championship leader Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda) fought against rear traction problems throughout the 18-lap race to score 11th place. The five points he earned were vital to his overall title ambitions, as his chief rival Kevin Curtain scored his first race win of the 2006 season. Charpentier now has a ten point lead, with seven of 12 rounds completed.



Kenan Sofuoglu


Yoann Tiberio


Sofuoglu, who was in the top three for the entire race, scored his second career Supersport podium, to add to his third place at Qatar during the opening round of the series. He had qualified in second at Brno, with Charpentier fifth on the grid. Sofuoglu has now promoted himself one place in the championship standings and is eighth, on 51 points.

Yoann Tiberio (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR) replicated his fourth place in qualifying in the race, some 19 seconds from the winner, after experiencing traction problems in the hot 47°C track temperatures. His team-mate, in the absence of regular rider Katsuaki Fujiwara (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR), was once more Simone Sanna (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR), who scored ninth place. Sanna had qualified sixth, making it four Hondas in the pre-race top six.

Honda still has a firm grip on the Manufacturers’ Championship battle, with an 18-point lead over the next closest challenger, and by five race wins to two.

Sofuoglu’s second podium of the year gives him hope that he can continue to record more, in the remaining five rounds.



Johan Stigefelt


Simoni Sanna


“I am happy because I am back on the podium and gained a lot more experience in running near the front in World Supersport,’ said Sofuoglu. “I think from now on I can make a high standard and in all the races I will be aiming for a podium. I was just as fast as the other two bikes in most places but I lost a bit entering the start-finish straight; so later in the race I could not try to pass them. After half of the race the bike started to move too much. But I am happy to make a podium for the team and they have worked really hard with me.”

Charpentier’s 11th place earned him five points, and he is now on 121 points, ten ahead of Curtain, and 27 ahead of Parkes.

“From the very start of the race it was very difficult for me because I felt the rear spinning too much and it stayed like that for all the race,” said Charpentier, who had a fall shortly before the race started, in morning warm-up. “It was impossible to get closer to the leaders in front because of that, so it was disappointing not to get more points. But we still have a ten point lead going into Brands Hatch, and it could have turned out a lot worse.”

Tiberio cited a lack of rear grip after the first few laps as the reason for his inability to get into contention with the podium men, but he set a new lap record of 2’06.602, on his second lap.

"I would have liked to have followed the three in front but it was impossible,” said Tiberio after a tough 18-lap race. “It was better to finish fourth than to crash. More points for the championship, to take forward to the next race. The tyres were not so bad because I finished fourth but it was impossible to do more.”

Sanna had reduced feel and grip from his front in the race, with his team looking into the reason why after the race.

"I did not have the same confidence in the front in this race, although we chose the same tyre we used before,” said the rider who scored second at Misano. “So something has changed but we need to look into what. Maybe the track conditions were a factor as well.”


World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 07 BRNO – Czech Republic


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1 CURTAIN / Yamaha Motor Germany
2 PARKES / Yamaha Motor Germany
3 SOFUOGLU / Winston Ten Kate Honda
4 TIBERIO / Megabike Honda Team
5 VIZZIELLO / Yamaha Team Italia
6 STIGEFELT / Dark Dog Stiggy Motorsports
7 SANCHINI / Bikersdays Yamaha Moto
8 CHECA / Yamaha - GMT 94
9 SANNA / Megabike Honda Team
10 ZAISER / LBR Ducati Racing
11 CHARPENTIER / Winston Ten Kate Honda
12 FORES / SLM Racing
13 CHAMBON / Gil Motor Sport
14 LAUSLEHTO / Dark Dog Stiggy Motorsports
15 ANDERSEN / Hoegee Suzuki



Kenan Sofuoglu


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