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WSSU.K.August 6, 2006
World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 08 Brands Hatch - Great Britain

Charpentier Equal On Points After A Brave Fight At Brands

Despite being forced to drop his pace in the second section of the 23-lap Brands Hatch Supersport race, due to loss of physical stamina after recent pelvic and collarbone injury, Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) still heads the championship table after finishing sixth in the Brands race. Thanks to his greater number of race wins than Kevin Curtain, the rider he now shares a 131 points total with, Charpentier is classified one place above Curtain, despite the points tie.

Kenan Sofuoglu

Robbin Harms

The Brands race was taken by Broc Parkes, with Curtain second and the resurgent Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) a fine third. In the final analysis Sofuoglu was just over two seconds from the race winner, scoring podium number three of his rookie full WSS season to boot. Both Charpentier and Sofuoglu had qualified on the front row, and made good launches from their ideal start positions.

With four rounds still to come, Charpentier now has a month to recover and make himself ready for the next challenge, at Assen on September 3.

Sofuoglu’s aggressive riding earned him a fine third place, and he moves up one place in the rankings to seventh, on a share of 67 points with French rookie Yoann Tiberio (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR), who was 12th at Brands, fading after a strong start from the third row, as tyre wear took its toll.

Simone Sanna (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR) had a tough qualifying and was only 16th on the grid, retiring from the race when his machine lost power and then stopped.

Charpentier had prepared as thoroughly as possible for the Brands weekend, but has simply not had long enough to get back the overall fitness and muscle strength required to run at this level.

Cal Crutchlow

Sebastien Charpentier

“My team has worked very well this weekend,” affirmed Charpentier after the race, “I am happy for the tyres. I felt I was OK for the race, I made a good start, and Broc Parkes also made a good start. But after 12 laps my body was completely destroyed, no power, my muscle strength is just not what it was before my accident. So, for sure, after this really bad injury it has not been easy for me to recover. I am hungry to win, so it is a big disappointment to not be able to challenge. I need the best result every time but it is not easy for me. It was impossible for me to control the bike properly at the end. I prepared as well as I could, but I am not Superman.”

Sofuoglu, who had designs on the race win after a front row qualifying performance, tried his best to stay with eventual second place rider Curtain at the end, and was tantalizingly close to second at the flag.

“I wanted to win today but for me this is a good podium,” said the Turkish rider. “I still have to learn how to finish the long races, and the end was difficult to stay with Kevin. I have to say thank you to my team because they have really helped me and I hope every weekend can be like this for us from now on.”

Tiberio carried on to the end to score as many points as possible, and was frustrated with his luck after making a good start.

"Because of the change in temperature we had to think about tyres again,” said Tiberio. “I think we did not make the best choice because after five laps, when I was in a good position, the rear started to spin. I had to just ride as smoothly as possible to bring the bike home with as many points as I could.”

Sanna was mystified as to the reason for his enforced retirement.

"I don’t know what happened but the bike cut out and I was forced to stop,” said the Misano podium finisher. “The bike just stopped and we could not get it started on the button afterwards.”

World Supersport Championships 2006
Round 08 Brands Hatch - Great Britain

1 B. PARKES / Yamaha Motor Germany
2 K. CURTAIN / Yamaha Motor Germany
3 K. SOFUOGLU / Winston Ten Kate Honda
4 R.HARMS / DEN / Stiggy Motorsports / 34'39.452
5 C.CRUTCHLOW / Northpoint Eckerold Honda
6 S. CHARPENTIER / Winston Ten Kate Honda
7 S. CHAMBON / Gil Motor Sport
8 G.NANNELLI / Team Manila Grace SC
9 M.ROCCOLI / Yamaha Team Italia
10 L. CAMIER / Northpoint Eckerold Honda
11 J. STIGEFELT / Dark Dog Stiggy Motorsports
12 Y. TIBERIO / Megabike Honda Team
13 M.BERGER / Gil Motor Sport
14 M.SANCHINI / Bikersdays Yamaha Moto
15 B. VENEMAN / Hoegee Suzuki

Kenan Sofuoglu

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