Motosport- World Supersport HONDA news : Phillip Island Circuit – Australia Charpentier Makes It Two Wins Out of Two

Motosport- World Supersport HONDA news : Phillip Island Circuit – Australia Charpentier Makes It Two Wins Out of Two

08.03.2006: Motosport- World Supersport HONDA news : Phillip Island Circuit – Australia Charpentier Makes It Two Wins Out of Two

World Supersport Championships 2006 Round 02

Reigning Champion Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) continued his perfect run of results with his second win of the season, scoring the Phillip Island victory after 21-laps under a warm Australian sun. Once more he took a win after scoring pole position, and once more he had to beat off a strong attack from his race-long companion, Kevin Curtain (Yamaha). Upping the pace in the final few laps, Charpentier took an eventual 1.361 second margin of victory, and now leads Curtain by ten points, 50 to 40.

Eighth in qualifying, Yoann Tiberio (Team Megabike Honda CBR600RR) got his championship campaign off to a brilliant start, with a brave and rapid fourth, reversing a pass from another fast Honda rider, Robbin Harms (Stiggy Motorsports CBR600RR). His fourth place puts him 11th overall, on 13 points.

Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) crashed out at half race distance, having qualified well in sixth place, on a track that was new to him. He now sits sixth in the table, thanks to his 16 points from Qatar.

Charpentier was once more peerless when it really counted, but had to work hard throughout, being pushed by the pace of determined hometown runner, Kevin Curtain.

"Another nice race, for sure," said Charpentier, the master of understatement. "Kevin was very strong, he pushed me but this is normal, and it was a home race for Kevin as well. I tried very hard to win today and it was a very hot race. There was a lot of spinning from the rear, but the bike was very good today, even if the Yamaha was very close. It will be necessary to work extra hard for the next race in Europe, in Valencia. It was a very good weekend here, two wins in the season so far."

At only 19-years-old, and as a Phillip Island rookie, Tiberio could have been forgiven for adopting a gentle touch in his first race, but his cool-headed aggression delivered him an outstanding result.

"After I had to miss Qatar," said Tiberio, "this was my first race of the year. I qualified OK on the second row, but the race was much harder. Qualifying is only for one lap, but the race had 21, and it was quite hot. I wasn't sure if I could get Harms before the finish line came up but I got on the gas earlier and just managed it."

After a great podium finish in Qatar, Sofuoglu’s Phillip Island experience proved a bitter one, but the young Turkish rider is ready to make amends.

"I tried too hard to catch the first group but I made a mistake and fell back down the order a little," said Kenan. "There was a small gap to the leaders but I worked my way up to fifth position again, in the second group, managed to overtake another rider, and then I crashed. Not the best weekend result, but I hope I can be strong again in Valencia."

World Supersport Championships 2006 Round 02 Phillip Island Circuit – Australia

1 S. CHARPENTIER (Winston Ten Kate Honda)

2 K. CURTAIN (Yamaha Motor Germany)

3 B. PARKES (Yamaha Motor Germany)

4 Y. TIBERIO (Megabike Honda Team)

5 R.HARMS (Stiggy Motorsports)

6 J. BROOKES (Ducati SC - Caracchi)

7 J. STIGEFELT (Dark Dog Stiggy Motorsports)

8 D.THOMAS (Gil Motor Sport)

9 C. ZAISER (LBR Ducati Racing)

10 M.ROCCOLI (Yamaha Team Italia)

11 S. LE GRELLE (Legrelle - Honda Belgium)


13 G.VIZZIELLO (Yamaha Team Italia)

14 D. VAN KEYMEULEN (Bikersdays Yamaha Moto 1)

15 J. FORES (SLM Racing)

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08.03.2006 / MaP

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