Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
YRC News
WSB : Haga wins second heat

Round: 8 - Brands Hatch
Circuit: Brands Hatch
Date: 7 August 2005
Crowd: 103000
Temp: 22C
Weather: Dry

Noriyuki Haga was the star of the show at Brands Hatch today, taking his second
win of the season in a thrilling second race that saw.

The two 25-lap races proved to be two-men shows, with Haga and championship
leader Troy Corser (Suzuki) constantly swapping places as they dominated both
affairs. Corser took the honours by less than two-tenths of a second in the
opener, but Haga gained his revenge in the second after holding off a late
challenge that saw Corser run across the gravel on the final lap.

Haga delighted the crowd with his spectacular riding style. The Japanese, now
looking totally comfortable on his R1, showed amazing confidence in his front
suspension as he braked deep into the corners in a spectacular race one duel,
which was decided when Corser gained superior drive as they came out of out
final corner for the penultimate time. Race two was equally dramatic, with Haga
narrowly avoiding a crash as the pair accidentally touched as they crossed the
line in the early laps. From then on, the race was one of tension as Corser
stalked the Yamaha rider throughout - his move on the final lap resigning him to
second place.

Team-mate Andrew Pitt had two strong races at Brands. The Australian qualified
alongside Haga on the second row of the grid and made to good starts to run with
the group battling for third place, taking a seventh place in race one and
improving to sixth in the second outing.

Yamaha Motor France riders Norick Abe and Sbastien Gimbert had a difficult day
in Brands. Abe made two lightning starts but struggled due to a lack of track
knowledge, finishing 11th in the opener and retiring after crashing with Steve
Martin (Petronas) in the second. Gimbert bagged two points for 14th in race two.

The results see both Yamaha Italia riders move up the championship table. Haga's
45 point haul takes him to fifth, just five points behind countryman Yukio
Kagayama (Suzuki), who occupies fourth, while Pitt moves up to ninth.
Championship leader Troy Corser (Suzuki) left the United Kingdom with an
improved advantage. He leads second placed Chris Vermeulen (Honda) by 110
points. Abe slides back to tenth in the standings.

The championship now makes a four week break before the Dutch round takes place
at Assen, where Haga is scheduled to make his 150th world superbike appearance,
and his 100th for Yamaha.

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia)

"I had two fantastic races with Troy. In the second I led almost from the first
lap to finish. Early on I tried to make a distance on him early but it was
impossible. Later I tried some more crazy hard braking but still I could not
make the gap. Unfortunately for Troy he made a mistake and when I see that I
have a very big smile in my helmet! I would like to thank my team and also
Ohlins and Pirelli, because today the bike was very good. Now I go back to Japan
for more holidays and when I come back I hope we have some more Nitro for Assen!"

Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia)

"I enjoy the circuit and we just hardly touched it at all weekend as it felt
good from the first session. After two bad races in Misano and Brno it's been
good to be running consistently at the front this weekend. Now I need to improve
my consistency a little bit. I can do the same lap times as Noriyuki but he is
able to do them throughout the race, while my times are not as consistent. I'm
also still learning more about the Pirelli tyres but I'm glad to have got a good
weekend here and look forward to Assen - a track which holds good memories for

Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France)

"This track is very difficult and this year I have so many new circuits and I
not so good at the new ones. Our race lap times were much better than our
practice times so we worked well, but it was still not enough to get to the
front. In race two I had bad luck with Martin. He ran wide, so I went inside,
but he came back in and we fell."

Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha Motor France)

"In race two we had more grip and rear traction so we made better times. I am
happier about race two, scored some points, but we took a long time to make a
good setting."

Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator - Yamaha Motor Italia)

"Our bike is going up in performance and we are really happy with the
development. Already this week we will be testing something different, some
parts that were ready for this race but unfortunately arrived too late. It was
good to see Andrew back with a smile on his face and he rode aggressively and
did not make any mistakes this weekend. After the first race Noriyuki said that
he wanted to win the second race, and that he would have to change the set-up if
he was to beat Corser. So we changed the final drive ratio and front springs.
These were not small changes but Nori is always seeing things to change and
normally they prove correct decisions."

Martial Garcia (Team Manager - Yamaha Motor France)

"Sebastien was one second faster than compared to last year, but so was everyone
else, so the gap is still the same. Anyway, we found good setting but in the
second race. In the first race we still had some problems. One of the problems
is that Sebastien still has some pain in the leg so it was difficult to get good
information. Our weekend was not too bad, except for the bad luck suffered by
Norick with his crash."

Race classification WSB

Round: 8 - Brands Hatch
Circuit: Brands Hatch
Circuit Length: 4197m
Lap Record: 1' 26.755 (Shane Byrne, 2003)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 26.248 (Shane Byrne, 2003)

Race 1: 25 Laps

Pos. Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   T. Corser       Suzuki        AUS  36'45.074
 2   N. Haga         Yamaha        JPN     +0.186
 3   R. Laconi       Ducati        FRA     +1.976
 4   C. Vermeulen    Honda         AUS     +4.590
 5   C. Walker       Kawasaki      GBR     +5.746
 6   K. Muggeridge   Honda         AUS     +8.428
 7   A. Pitt         Yamaha        AUS     +8.598
 8   L. Lanzi        Ducati        ITA    +15.628
 9   Y. Kagayama     Suzuki        JPN    +15.671
10   M. Neukirchner  Honda         GER    +28.250
11   N. Abe          Yamaha        JPN    +32.470
12   B. Bostrom      Honda         USA    +32.500
13   D. Hobbs        Yamaha        GBR    +32.683
14   P. Riba         Kawasaki      ESP    +32.885
15   S. Martin       Petronas      AUS    +35.171
16   S. Gimbert      Yamaha        FRA    +35.272

Race 2: 25 Laps

Pos. Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   N. Haga         Yamaha        JPN  36'39.815
 2   T. Corser       Suzuki        AUS     +2.686
 3   C. Vermeulen    Honda         AUS     +8.062
 4   C. Walker       Kawasaki      GBR    +12.053
 5   R. Laconi       Ducati        FRA    +13.044
 6   A. Pitt         Yamaha        AUS    +13.184
 7   J. Toseland     Ducati        GBR    +14.215
 8   L. Lanzi        Ducati        ITA    +21.026
 9   Y. Kagayama     Suzuki        JPN    +21.175
10   B. Bostrom      Honda         USA    +21.257
11   M. Neukirchner  Honda         GER    +29.315
12   P. Riba         Kawasaki      ESP    +30.591
13   P. Chili        Honda         ITA    +34.619
14   S. Gimbert      Yamaha        FRA    +39.732
15   D. Hobbs        Yamaha        GBR    +39.879

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   N. Haga         Yamaha        JPN   1'27.272

Championship standings WSB

Pos. Rider                Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1   Troy Corser          Suzuki        AUS   344
 2   Chris Vermeulen      Honda         AUS   234
 3   Regis Laconi         Ducati        FRA   214
 4   Yukio Kagayama       Suzuki        JPN   172
 5   Noriyuki Haga        Yamaha        JPN   167
 6   James Toseland       Ducati        GBR   161
 7   Chris Walker         Kawasaki      GBR   130
 8   Pierfrancesco Chili  Honda         ITA   111
 9   Andrew Pitt          Yamaha        AUS    95
10   Norifumi Abe         Yamaha        JPN    88
11   Karl Muggeridge      Honda         AUS    85
12   Lorenzo Lanzi        Ducati        ITA    66
13   Max Neukirchner      Honda         GER    63
14   Giovanni Bussei      Kawasaki      ITA    46
15   Ben Bostrom          Honda         USA    33
17   Sebastien Gimbert    Yamaha        FRA    28

Manufacturers standings WSB

Pos. Manufacturer Points
 1   Suzuki        353
 2   Ducati        257
 3   Honda         250
 4   Yamaha        208
 5   Kawasaki      143
 6   Petronas       18

WSS : Curtain podiums at Brands

Round: 8 - Brands Hatch
Circuit: Brands Hatch
Date: 7 August 2005
Crowd: 103000
Temp: 20C
Weather: Dry

Kevin Curtain recovered from the 'worst start of his career' to produce a
fighting podium finish at Brands Hatch today.

The Yamaha Motor Germany rider, starting from second on the grid, made a poor
start and found himself pushed out onto the grass at the turn one. Ending the
first lap outside the top 10, the gritty Australian was able to pick his way
through the pack and almost close down leading duo Sbastien Charpentier and
Michel Fabrizio (both Honda). The 39-year-old closed the gap down to within a
second, but a lack of rear grip - a result of his hard riding charge through the
field - saw him unable to mount a challenge. Nonetheless, Curtain was delighted
with his third place, which sees him close to within seven points of second
place in the championship.

Team-mate Broc Parkes was involved in a thrilling battle for seventh, only to
retire with mechanical gremlins six laps from the end. In the championship,
Charpentier extended his advantage to 74 points over team-mate Katsuaki
Fujiwara, with Curtain third and Parkes seventh on 60 points.

Kevin Curtain

"That was the worst start of my career! I found myself pushed right out, I think
one of the Ducatis touched me, and I was quite lucky to stay on. From then it
was just a case of getting my head down and working my way through the pack. I'm
glad to be on the podium, although maybe I could've won judging by the way I was
able to catch the guys. I just run out of laps and at the end my rear tyre
couldn't give any more, but the result is good for my championship."

Broc Parkes

"It's been a difficult weekend. I was involved in a tough battle but the engine
lost a bit of power and I had to pull in."

Race classification WSS

Round: 8 - Brands Hatch
Circuit: Brands Hatch
Circuit Length: 4197m
Lap Record: 1' 29.149 (Stphane Chambon, 2003)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 28.376 (Sebastien Charpentier, 2005)

Race: 23 Laps

Pos. Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   S. Charpentier  Honda         FRA  34'33.153
 2   M. Fabrizio     Honda         ITA     +0.985
 3   K. Curtain      Yamaha        AUS     +1.173
 4   S. Chambon      Honda         FRA     +7.317
 5   F. Foret        Honda         FRA     +7.777
 6   K. Fujiwara     Honda         JPN    +17.008
 7   A. Corradi      Ducati        ITA    +18.416
 8   C. Jones        Honda         GBR    +21.131
 9   M. Lagrive      Suzuki        FRA    +28.218
10   C. Crutchlow    Honda         GBR    +28.788
11   X. Fores        Suzuki        ESP    +29.853
12   T. Tunstall     Honda         GBR    +30.065
13   R. Harms        Honda         DNK    +30.382
14   T. Lauslehto    Honda         FIN    +30.699
15   J. Stigefelt    Honda         SWE    +33.175

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   S. Charpentier  Honda         FRA   1'29.380

Championship standings WSS

Pos. Rider                  Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1   Sebastien Charpentier  Honda         FRA   190
 2   Katsuaki Fujiwara      Honda         JPN   116
 3   Kevin Curtain          Yamaha        AUS   109
 4   Fabien Foret           Honda         FRA    85
 5   Michel Fabrizio        Honda         ITA    82
 6   Stephane Chambon       Honda         FRA    68
 7   Broc Parkes            Yamaha        AUS    60
 8   Gianluca Nannelli      Ducati        ITA    56
 9   Xavi Fores             Suzuki        ESP    52
10   Tatu Lauslehto         Honda         FIN    42
11   Barry Veneman          Suzuki        NED    33
12   Johan Stigefelt        Honda         SWE    28
13   Alessio Corradi        Ducati        ITA    25
14   Robbin Harms           Honda         DNK    21
15   Craig Jones            Honda         GBR    18

Manufacturers standings WSS

Pos. Manufacturer Points
 1   Honda         200
 2   Yamaha        109
 3   Ducati         76
 4   Suzuki         65
 5   Kawasaki       21

European Superstock : King Kenan rules at Brands

Round: 6 - Brands Hatch
Circuit: Brands Hatch
Date: 7 August 2005
Crowd: 103000
Temp: 18C
Weather: Dry

Kenan Sofuoglu raced back to the head of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup with a
dominant victory at Brands Hatch today.

The Turkish Yamaha Motor Germany rider was in thrilling form all weekend.
Starting from pole position, he pulled away from his rivals at a rate of over a
second a lap, to build a five second lead which he controlled to the flag.

Fellow Yamaha rider Massimo Roccoli, the points leader going into Brands,
crashed out on lap 12 while contesting second place with another Italian R1
rider, Luca Scassa, and Alessandro Polita (Suzuki). The young Rimini rider was
unhurt, but slips back to third in the championship, 21 points behind Sofuoglu
but three behind Craig Coxhell (Suzuki), who was fifth at Brands.

Sofuoglu's team-mate Didier van Keymeulen had a race to forget. The Belgian, who
crashed and broke his pelvis at the same venue 12 months ago, experienced set-up
problems all weekend and slipped back from his seventh place start to end the 15
lap race in 11th. Despite his Brands Hatch troubles, Van Keymeulen remains a
title contender, lying fourth in the championship and trailing Sofuoglu by 29
points with four races remaining.

There was more good news in the junior superstock class, with Italian Claudio
Corti extending his lead in the European Superstock 600 Championship with a win
at Brands Hatch.

Kenan Sofuoglu (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"This is a perfect day for me. All year I have wanted to win at Brands Hatch
because last season I was very fast here but was nervous before the race and did
not perform well. I achieved everything I wanted this weekend: pole position,
lap record and the race win. My plan was to make a break and I was able to
quickly make a lead. I nearly crashed a few times so I decided to ease up and
control my lead. When I crossed the line I expected that Roccoli would be
second, so it is good for my championship that he did not score. Of course, this
is not the way I want to win the championship but I missed Misano and he did not
score here - so now we are equal and ready to race to the finish."

Didier van Keymeulen (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"From the very first practice session I have been unable to get a good feeling
from the bike. I just could not push hard enough in the race and of course I am
very disappointed with the result, but in a way happy to get some points. My
strength is normally that I can make very consistent lap times but today they
were all over the place. It was so bad early on that I considered retiring, but
I knew that I could still get a few points. I knew it would be difficult this
weekend but I can now put Brands Hatch behind me in the knowledge that I have
had good results at the last four circuits. Next time is Assen, my home race and
a fast and flowing circuit that suits my style."

Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni)

"I am disappointed because I was sure that I would finish second today. I was
involved in a good fight with Scassa and Polita but Scassa went into the first
corner slower than I expected and my front touched his rear wheel. That was the
end of my race."

Race classification FIM Superstock 1000 Cup

Round: 6 - Brands Hatch
Circuit: Brands Hatch
Circuit Length: 4197m
Lap Record: 1' 29.569 (Kenan Sofuoglu, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 29.477 (Kenan Sofuoglu, 2005)

Race: 15 Laps

Pos. Rider             Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   K. Sofuoglu       Yamaha        TUR  22'38.518
 2   L. Scassa         Yamaha        ITA     +5.249
 3   A. Polita         Suzuki        ITA     +5.644
 4   R. Chiarello      Suzuki        ITA     +7.391
 5   C. Coxhell        Suzuki        AUS     +7.461
 6   A. Martinez       Yamaha        ESP     +8.138
 7   A. Badovini       MV Agusta     ITA    +11.991
 8   I. Dionsi         Suzuki        ITA    +12.238
 9   E. Rocamora       Suzuki        ESP    +21.833
10   O. Bridewell      Kawasaki      GBR    +21,877
11   D. Van Keymeulen  Yamaha        BEL    +22.528
12   J. Laverty        Suzuki        IRL    +23,768
13   R. Cooper         Honda         GBR    +24.872
14   J. Mazuecos       Yamaha        ESP    +26.813
15   G. Sanders        Kawasaki      GBR    +33,117

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos. Rider             Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1   K. Sofuoglu       Yamaha        TUR   1'29.569

Championship standings FIM Superstock 1000 Cup

Pos. Rider                 Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1   Kenan Sofuoglu        Yamaha        TUR   111
 2   Craig Coxhell         Suzuki        AUS    93
 3   Massimo Roccoli       Yamaha        ITA    90
 4   Didier Van Keymeulen  Yamaha        BEL    82
 5   Riccardo Chiarello    Suzuki        ITA    60
 6   Alessandro Polita     Suzuki        ITA    52
 7   Luca Scassa           Yamaha        ITA    38
 8   Alex Martinez         Yamaha        ESP    38
 9   William De Angelis    Yamaha        ITA    37
10   Ilario Dionsi         Suzuki        ITA    35
11   Vittorio Iannuzzo     MV Agusta     ITA    30
12   Enrique Rocamora      Suzuki        ESP    24
13   Ayrton Badovini       MV Agusta     ITA    24
14   Richard Cooper        Honda         GBR    24
15   Denis Sacchetti       Kawasaki      ITA    22