Jun 10, 2001
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By Glenn LeSanto<BR><BR>The Supersport World Championship race in Lausitzring was stopped after seven laps when it started to rain. After the restart the same three<BR>Australians who led won the deluged race in Philip Island, Australia, shot to the front of the pack. At the end of the race the podium order was exactly the same as in Australia - with Kevin Curtain winning from Andrew Pitt and Adam Fergusson.<BR><BR>The first part of the race looked initially like it might be a benefit for the Ten Kate Honda team when both the team's riders took off in front of the pack. Foret got a great start - but the organizers deemed it was a jumped start, so the Frenchman was forced to take a stop-and-go penalty.<BR><BR>Meanwhile, Fore's teammate Pere Riba crashed out of second place. The Ten Kate weekend had gone from high to low in just a few minutes.<BR><BR>James Whitham was another rider who tasted the Lausitzring tarmac - crashing out of the first lap. Championship leader and Whitham's Belgarda Yamaha teammate Paolo Casoli finished a miserable weekend (for him) in 15th place. Casoli still leads the Championship points but now Kevin Curtain has closed the gap dramatically, to only 3 points.<BR><BR><BR>World Supersport race result:<BR>1. Kevin Curtain, Australia (Honda) 45:56.744<BR>2. Adam Fergusson, Australia (Honda) 46:04.969<BR>3. Andrew Pitt, Australia (Kawasaki) 46:11.320<BR>4. Vittoriano Guareschi, Italy (Ducati) 46:17.221<BR>5. Christophe Cogan, France (Yamaha) 46:23.347<BR>6. Iain MacPherson, GB (Kawasaki) 46:38.918<BR>7. Jorg Teuchert, Germany (Yamaha) 46:54.237<BR>8. Chris Vermeulen, Australia (Honda) 46:57.198<BR>9. Christian Kellner, Germany (Yamaha) 46:58.779 10. Werner Daemen, Belgium (Yamaha) 47:14.077<BR><BR>World Championship points after six of 11 rounds:<BR>1. Paolo Casoli, Italy (Yamaha), 84<BR>2. Curtain 81<BR>3. Pitt, 72<BR>4. Teuchert, 63<BR>5. Karl Muggeridge, Australia (Suzuki), 57<BR>6. Pere Riba, Spain (Honda), 53<BR>7. Guareschi, 43<BR>8. Fergusson, 40<BR>9. Piergiorgio Bontempi, Italy (Yamaha) 39<BR>10. James Whitham, GB (Yamaha) 38.<BR><BR>Manufacturers points:<BR>1. Yamaha, 115<BR>2. Honda, 101<BR>3. Kawasaki, 72<BR>4. Suzuki, 64<BR>5. Ducati, 43<BR><BR>Next round: Misano, San Marino - June 24