Charpentier Quickest World Supersport Rider During Testing At Losail Circuit

Charpentier Quickest World Supersport Rider During Testing At Losail Circuit

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From a press release issued by Honda Racing Information:


Winston Ten Kate Honda’s two World Supersport championship riders, Sébastien Charpentier and Katsuaki Fujiwara, declared themselves confident for next weekend’s (26 Feb) first round after completing a two-day test in Doha, Qatar today.

Charpentier was able to improve his time from yesterday’s first day by half a second to stay on top of the official timing sheets, while Fujiwara climbed to 5th place as he continues to become accustomed to his new Honda machinery.

“I’m very happy today,” said Charpentier, “as we were able to do some longer distance runs in order to simulate the race conditions that we expect next Saturday. I tried two possible set-ups today and think that I can improve my lap time even more with the best one.”

As well, as learning about his new CBR600RR, Fujiwara is, like all his fellow competitors, still learning his way around the 5.38km Losail circuit on the outskirts of Doha. He is also confident about the championship’s first round.

“What gives me the most confidence,” he said, “is that I was able to maintain similar lap times right the way through an extended 12-lap run. I tried to put in a fast lap but made a small mistake, which shows me I still have things to learn about the bike and the track!”

Losail Circuit – Doha, Qatar, day two times (World Supersport):
1.Sébastien Charpentier, FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) – 86 laps, 2m 04.259s
2.Fabien Foret, FRA (Honda) – 89 laps, 2:05.083
3.Kevin Curtain, AUS (Yamaha) – 57 laps, 2:05.194
4.Michel Fabrizio, ITA (Honda) – 83 laps, 2:05.295
5.Katsuaki Fujiwara, JAP (Winston Ten Kate Honda) – 88 laps, 2m 05.662s
6.Gianluca Nannelli, ITA (Ducati) – 67 laps, 2:05.917
7.Stephane Chambon, FRA (Honda) – 71 laps, 2:06.271
8.Broc Parkes, AUS (Yamaha) – 78 laps, 2:06.436
9.Xavi Fores, SPA (Suzuki) – 97 laps, 2:06.582
10.Christophe Cogan (FRA (Suzuki) – 75 laps, 2:06.777

More, from a press release issued by FGSport Group:

Winston Ten Kate Honda rider Sebastien Charpentier set his fastest time of the test in the first session on Sunday morning, and it proved the fastest one of all, at 2’04.259. His countryman, and 2002 World Champion Fabien Foret (Team Megabike), scored a second place overall, improving his best to a 2’05.083. Top Yamaha runner was the officially supported Aussie Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Germany) despite him falling and twisting his knee on the previous day. Michel Fabrizio (Team Italia Megabike Honda) slotted in fourth, putting his Team Megabike machine on what would be a front row grid position in normal qualifying. Top Ducati man was tireless charger Gianluca Nannelli, who finished his two days on an SC Caracchi Ducati sixth. Young Spaniard Javier Fores scored a top ten time riding an Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki.

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