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(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
YRC News
WSB : Haga scores first podium for R1

Round: 5 - United Kingdom
Circuit: Silverstone
Date: 29 May 2005
Crowd: 60000
Temp: 29ēC
Weather: Dry

Yamaha Motor Italia rider Noriyuki Haga claimed the Yamaha YZF-R1's first
Superbike World Championship podium finish in race two at Silverstone today.

The Japanese star battled for the lead in both races, with third place in race
two making up for the disappointment of a race one retirement caused by fuel
supply problems while set for a podium finish three laps from the end of the race.

Race one was a tough contest for Yamaha's four supported riders. Haga's
team-mate Andrew Pitt rode through the pain barrier after highsiding in the
morning warm-up session and was further handicapped by having to complete a ride
through penalty in the opener. Despite this he finished 13th in race one,
backing it up in race two with a fighting ninth at a circuit he has little love

A Silverstone rookie on any layout of the flat ex-airfield circuit, Norick Abe
(Yamaha Motor France) had a clutch problem in race one but took eighth in race
two after a tough pass on Pitt in the final chicane. His team-mate Sebastien
Gimbert (Yamaha Motor France was involved in a multi-rider crash, and chipped
his left tibia, ruling him out of race two.

The first race was won by Regis Laconi (Ducati) from Troy Corser (Suzuki) and
James Toseland (Ducati). In the second race, Toseland took the win, from Corser
and Haga. Corser improved his championship lead to 78 points, with Pitt still
top Yamaha rider, seventh on 70 points. Haga is eighth on 68, Abe tenth with 62
and Gimbert 14th, on 26.

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia)

"I am very happy to make a podium for Yamaha, relatively early in the season. It
was a tough race for the first few laps with the other riders and I was losing
the front a lot on the last few laps. But I have to be happy with a podium after
our bad luck in race one."

Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia)

"Abe shoved it into me in the last chicane, we both ran wide and he got me over
the line. Nothing you can do about that. In race one the stop-and-go ruined
things of course, but I carried on. It's worth doing 28 laps to get even three
points. I still don't like the track, and I'm glad I don't have to come back
here for another year."

Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator - Yamaha Motor Italia)

"Noriyuki was happy from practice yesterday onwards and he was confident when
pushing with race tyres. In race one we had a problem, probably with the fuel
pump but he did a fantastic job in both races. We were alone competing with
Ducati and Suzuki so we are happy for the race two result. Andrew just didn't
like the track at all and although he did not say, I think he still had pain
from when he crashed this morning."

Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France)

"It was my first time racing on this track so I could not go as fast as everyone
else on day one. But we improved all weekend and we changed our settings again
from yesterday. They worked well, and gave me quite good feel. The rear grip was
not so good in race one, I don't know why, but then the clutch went and I
retired. In the first lap a lot of riders crashed in front of me in race two so
all the guys at the front were gone, but I still got eighth. Not so bad, but
Haga was third on an R1, so I must try harder."

Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha Motor France)

"My ankle is broken after the crash, a chip on my tibia, which showed up on the
X-ray. It's a chip, not a break right through, so I hope to be ready to race at

Martial Garcia (Team Manager - Yamaha Motor France)

"Sebastien started practice here not so easily but for warm-up he found a good
set up and he was happy for the first race start. Unfortunately as it turned
out, it was the first time he has made a good start, so he got mixed up in the
crash with Alfonsi, who lost the brakes. He pushed Nieto, and Nieto pushed
Sebastien, so nothing he could do."

Race classification WSB

Round:  5 - United Kingdom
Circuit:  Silverstone
Circuit Length:  3619m
Lap Record:  1' 27.130 (Regis Laconi, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 26.679 (Yukio Kagayama, 2005)

Race 1: 28 Laps

Pos. Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   R. Laconi       Ducati        FRA  40'58.899
 2   T. Corser       Suzuki        AUS     +0.096
 3   J. Toseland     Ducati        GBR     +1.136
 4   C. Vermeulen    Honda         AUS    +11.285
 5   P. Chili        Honda         ITA    +14.649
 6   C. Walker       Kawasaki      GBR    +16.461
 7   M. Neukirchner  Honda         GER    +40.465
 8   G. Bussei       Kawasaki      ITA    +43.265
 9   J. Cardoso      Yamaha        ESP    +46.411
10   K. Muggeridge   Honda         AUS    +49.211
11   Y. Kagayama     Suzuki        JPN    +51.706
12   M. Sanchini     Kawasaki      ITA    +56.374
13   A. Pitt         Yamaha        AUS  +1'11.602
14   A. Velini       Ducati        ITA  +1'25.186
15   M. Praia        Yamaha        POR  +1'25.974

Race 2: 28 Laps

Pos. Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   J. Toseland     Ducati        GBR  40'55.190
 2   T. Corser       Suzuki        AUS     +0.473
 3   N. Haga         Yamaha        JPN     +3.187
 4   C. Vermeulen    Honda         AUS     +6.691
 5   P. Chili        Honda         ITA    +16.923
 6   C. Walker       Kawasaki      GBR    +17.057
 7   Y. Kagayama     Suzuki        JPN    +28.248
 8   N. Abe          Yamaha        JPN    +31.760
 9   A. Pitt         Yamaha        AUS    +32.084
10   K. Muggeridge   Honda         AUS    +36.492
11   L. Lanzi        Ducati        ITA    +39.470
12   I. Clementi     Kawasaki      ITA    +40.182
13   G. McCoy        Petronas      AUS    +41.325
14   B. Bostrom      Honda         USA    +46.096
15   M. Roccoli      Yamaha        ITA    +56.251

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   R. Laconi       Ducati        FRA   1'27.130

Championship standings WSB

Pos. Rider                Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1   Troy Corser          Suzuki        AUS   222
 2   Yukio Kagayama       Suzuki        JPN   144
 3   Chris Vermeulen      Honda         AUS   141
 4   Regis Laconi         Ducati        FRA   112
 5   James Toseland       Ducati        GBR    98
 6   Chris Walker         Kawasaki      GBR    74
 7   Andrew Pitt          Yamaha        AUS    70
 8   Noriyuki Haga        Yamaha        JPN    68
 9   Pierfrancesco Chili  Honda         ITA    66
10   Norifumi Abe         Yamaha        JPN    62
11   Karl Muggeridge      Honda         AUS    50
12   Max Neukirchner      Honda         GER    50
13   Giovanni Bussei      Kawasaki      ITA    39
14   Sebastien Gimbert    Yamaha        FRA    26
15   Ben Bostrom          Honda         USA    21
20   David Checa          Yamaha        ESP    13
23   Ivan Silva           Yamaha        ESP    10
25   Jose Luis Cardoso    Yamaha        ESP     7
29   Miguel Praia         Yamaha        POR     3
30   Lorenzo Alfonsi      Yamaha        ITA     3
33   Gianluca Vizziello   Yamaha        ITA     2
34   Massimo Roccoli      Yamaha        ITA     1

Manufacturers standings WSB

Pos. Manufacturer Points
 1   Suzuki        231
 2   Honda         154
 3   Ducati        150
 4   Yamaha        109
 5   Kawasaki       86
 6   Petronas        4

WSS : Third podium for Curtain

Round: 5 - United Kingdom
Circuit: Silverstone
Date: 29 May 2005
Crowd: 70000
Temp: 29ēC
Weather: Dry

Yamaha Motor Germany rider Kevin Curtain recorded his third podium finish of the
season in round five of the Supersport World Championship at Silverstone.

The Australian shadowed eventual winner Sebastien Charpentier (Honda) for around
two thirds of the 28 lap race before a lack of grip forced him to settle for
second in the closing stages. Even despite this easing of pace, Curtain finished
a huge 18 seconds ahead of third placed finisher Fabien Foret (Honda) to close
in on Katsuaki Fujiwara (Honda) for second place in the championship. 

Broc Parkes had his best result as a Yamaha rider, crossing the line in fifth
place but being promoted to fourth following the exclusion of Foret for a
technical infringment. Starting from the second row of the grid, the 23-year-old
Australian was part of a four rider group battling for third. The result sees
him move up to fourth place in the championship, which is led by Charpentier on
115 points. Katsuaki Fujiwara (Honda) is second on 91 points, with Curtain and
Parkes on 80 and 51 respectively.

Kevin Curtain

"I'm happy to take second today. Sebastien and me had a big gap over the third
placed rider and our plans was always that if the grip started to go then I
would settle for second and not risk throwing it in the gravel trap - that's not
how you win championships. I'd really like to thank my team this weekend because
they've worked really well and the bike was the best it has been all season and
I hope we can find a little bit more in Misano."

Broc Parkes

"Getting there! We've moved up to fourth in the championship and I am now
starting to get to grips with the Yamaha. The bike really is different to ride
compared with the Honda I rode last year as it has such a revvy engine. But
every race we are able to improve the bike and, with me learning more about the
R6, we are now much more competitive."

Terrell Thien (Team Manager)

"The race went pretty much according to plan for us. We knew that Kevin's rear
tyre wouldn't last the distance at that sort of pace but the plan was to push to
the maximum possible, build up a gap to third place and maybe force Charpentier
into a mistake - he's only human after all. But we are very happy because we are
closing the gap to Charpentier to almost zero and that is thanks to our
mechanics who have again worked so hard this weekend. Every time we are making
big steps and this is showing not only with Kevin's results but also with Broc,
who rode very well this weekend and is starting to look more comfortable on the

Race classification WSS

Round:  5 - United Kingdom
Circuit:  Silverstone
Circuit Length:  3619m
Lap Record:  1' 29.027 (Sebastien Charpentier, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 28.750 (Sebastien Charpentier, 2005)

Race 1: 28 Laps

Pos. Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   S. Charpentier  Honda         FRA  41'53.540
 2   K. Curtain      Yamaha        AUS     +2.843
 3   S. Chambon      Honda         FRA    +22.363
 4   B. Parkes       Yamaha        AUS    +24.823
 5   B. Veneman      Suzuki        NED    +32.010
 6   G. Nannelli     Ducati        ITA    +33.642
 7   A. Corradi      Ducati        ITA    +37.326
 8   K. Fujiwara     Honda         JPN    +37.789
 9   T. Lauslehto    Honda         FIN    +37.828
10   S. Le Grelle    Honda         BEL    +47.018
11   X. Fores        Suzuki        ESP    +47.498
12   J. Da Costa     Kawasaki      FRA    +48.495
13   T. Tunstall     Honda         GBR    +50.780
14   J. Jansen       Suzuki        NED    +52.972
15   C. Cogan        Suzuki        FRA    +53.615

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   S. Charpentier  Honda         FRA   1'29.027

European Superstock : Roccoli takes first superstock win

Round: 3 - United Kingdom
Circuit: Silverstone
Date: 29 May 2005
Crowd: 70000
Temp: 25ēC
Weather: Sunny

Italian youngster Massimo Roccoli took his first victory in the FIM Superstock
1000 Cup in a thrilling race at Silverstone today.

The 21-year-old Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni rider had a thrilling race-long battle
with fellow R1 rider Kenan Sofuoglu from the Yamaha Motor Germany team and
Australian rider Craig Coxhell (Suzuki).

Roccoli, who is also racing an R1 in the Superbike World Championship this
weekend, traded the lead with Sofuoglu throughout the race and led into the
final lap. The Turkish rider made a pass into the final corner but found himself
running wide and losing a place to Coxhell. Sofuoglu's team-mate Didier van
Keymeulen had a lonely ride to fourth place, three seconds behind the leaders
and but four ahead of fifth placed William de Angelis on another R1. 

Roccoli's win moves him to within five points of Sofuoglu in the points,
Sofuoglu leading the championship with 66 points to Roccoli's 61. Coxhell moves
to third on 47 with Van Keymeulen a further three adrift in fourth.

Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni)

"It is been a hard race. Sofuoglu was strong and able to follow me, but I
thought that he tried an impossible overtake in the last corner. It was not a
big surprise for me as my manager Vanni Lorenzini told me to look out for
someone trying to pass me there. I am happy to win and to win on merit. I pulled
back nine points today and I plan to move ahead in Misano, my home track."

Kenan Sofuoglu (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"Silverstone is not one of my favourite circuits so to get a third here is a
good result. Maybe my lack of experience showed on the last lap when I tried to
pass Massimo and I ended up losing a place - but Massimo rode a very good last
corner and defended his line well. But it is a good race for me and from now to
the end of the season I know and like all the tracks we will race at."

Didier van Keymeulen (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"I made a bad start again and had a problem with arm pump which meant I couldn't
push as hard as I wanted to in the end. I am not happy with my result today but
it is not so bad. Although I've not been winning I have been getting some good
points. I know that I have to be more aggressive in my riding this year but and
that I am still very much in the championship."

Race classification FIM Superstock 1000 Cup

Round:  3 - United Kingdom
Circuit:  Silverstone
Circuit Length:  3619m
Lap Record:  1' 29.615 (Massimo Roccoli, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 29.392 (Massimo Roccoli, 2005)

Race 1: 15 Laps

Pos. Rider             Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   M. Roccoli        Yamaha        ITA  22'40.167
 2   C. Coxhell        Suzuki        AUS     +0.218
 3   K. Sofuoglu       Yamaha        TUR     +0.708
 4   D. Van Keymeulen  Yamaha        BEL     +3.790
 5   W. De Angelis     Yamaha        ITA     +8.175
 6   E. Rocamora       Suzuki        ESP     +9.037
 7   A. Martinez       Yamaha        ESP     +9.472
 8   L. Scassa         Yamaha        ITA    +10.253
 9   V. Iannuzzo       MV Agusta     ITA    +15.612
10   A. Polita         Suzuki        ITA    +18.134
11   D. Sacchetti      Kawasaki      ITA    +18.349
12   F. De Marco       MV Agusta     ITA    +18.994
13   H. Gantner        Yamaha        CHE    +19.559
14   V. Cox            Suzuki        GBR    +19.894
15   M. Jerman         Suzuki        SVN    +25.803

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider             Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   M. Roccoli        Yamaha        ITA   1'29.615