Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
YRC News
WSB : Double podium sees Haga move up

Round: 9 - Netherlands
Circuit: Assen
Date: 4 September 2005
Crowd: 80000
Temp: 23ēC
Weather: Sunny

Noriyuki Haga moved up to fourth place in the 2005 Superbike World Championship
with two podium finishes at Assen today.

The Japanese rider finished third and second in the day's two thrilling 16 lap
races at the classic Dutch circuit, duelling it out for second place behind
world champion James Toseland (Ducati) in the opener and race one winner Chris
Vermeulen (Honda) in the second.

Race one proved to be an easy win for Vermeulen, but the crowd was thrilled by
the battle behind. Toseland and Haga traded places throughout, with the young
Englishman pulling away to take second in the closing laps.

The second outing proved equally as thrilling with Haga and Vermeulen battling
for the lead, this time the Aussie getting to the line less than a tenth of a
second ahead of the Yamaha man.

Race two marked Haga's 150th in the class and his 100th racing Yamaha equipment.
Following the race, the popular Japanese was reunited with the YZF750 and YZF-R7
machines he rode with such success as Yamaha Motor Italia's racing manager
Claudio Consonni raised a champagne toast to the brand's most successful world
superbike racer.

Haga's Yamaha Motor Italia team-mate Andrew Pitt had his best collective pair of
races of the season, taking home 22 points for a brace of fifth places. The
Australian rode strongly throughout, battling with the leading trio and
championship leader Troy Corser (Suzuki) in both races, before succumbing to
tyre chatter and ending settling for his welcome fifths.

Yamaha Motor France pairing Norick Abe and Sebastien Gimbert had differing
fortunes, although both left the Netherlands each with seven more points to
their name. Abe retired from the opener but came back to take ninth in race two.
Gimbert had his best outing since round three in the Valencia with 12th in race
one and 13th in the second.

Haga's 36 point haul moves him up to fourth place in the title race, ahead of
countryman Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) and just nine points behind third placed
Regis Laconi (Ducati), who was absent through injury. Pitt remains in ninth
place in the standings, albeit with a reduced gap to eighth. The Australian is
just 11 points shy of Pierfrancesco Chili (Honda), with Abe slipping back to
11th. Corser continues to lead the standings, with an 86 point advantage over
second placed Vermeulen.

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia)

"We made great races with James and Chris. I was a little bit disappointed with
the final result of both races because if I had lasted one more lap I would have
tried something more to push. It was hot and sweat was already affecting my eyes
after three laps. In the last two or three laps I felt like I was going to give
up but I didn't and the result I know is not so bad."

Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia)

"It's getting better. We are starting to fight with them now but we've just got
to get on that podium! We used the regular engine spec, because we know where
the position of the bike has to be now and when you've got the confidence to
just grab the brakes and fire it into corners it really helps. At this moment I
don't want to change too much on the machine."

Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France)

"In the first race we had a broken engine so we had to change the motors. But I
think that the clutch on that engine was already no good. So I could not make a
good start. In the race it was very difficult to shift down - so we had some bad
luck. Knowing Assen from MotoGP helps a little but when the bike is completely
different from the one before, it makes the whole experience very different."

Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha Motor France)

"A good race for me and for my team. I had a little difficulty with the set-up,
the balance of the motorcycle, but it was not so bad. The leg is still causing
me a little problem but it should be a lot better for next week."

Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator - Yamaha Motor Italia)

"In Brno we said, 'ok, maybe we are lucky,' but to win also in Brands Hatch and
be so close to the wins here means we are close to the best. Noriyuki used the
new engine, so we were a little bit worried, took a big risk, but in the race it
was ok. I am happy for both our riders because Andrew made a good race today,
close to Troy Corser and was always trying to overtake him."

Martial Garcia (Team Manager - Yamaha Motor France)

"We lost Abe from the first race because of a stone holing the radiator, so the
engine boiled. He did not see the increasing engine temperature, unfortunately.
We put in the spare engine and the clutch was too hard, so he lost the start -
that's why he stayed in ninth position. Sebastien seems better, took some points
and moved up a position. The main thing is that his confidence is coming back."

Race classification WSB

Round: 9 - Netherlands
Circuit: Assen
Circuit Length: 5997m
Lap Record: 2' 4.685 (Chris Vermeulen, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  2' 4.179 (Chris Vermeulen, 2005)

Race: 16 Laps

Pos.Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  C. Vermeulen    Honda         AUS  33'36.029
 2  J. Toseland     Ducati        GBR     +3.396
 3  N. Haga         Yamaha        JPN     +4.876
 4  T. Corser       Suzuki        AUS     +6.815
 5  A. Pitt         Yamaha        AUS    +10.075
 6  Y. Kagayama     Suzuki        JPN    +12.526
 7  L. Lanzi        Ducati        ITA    +12.661
 8  M. Neukirchner  Honda         GER    +20.595
 9  K. Muggeridge   Honda         AUS    +20.872
10  P. Chili        Honda         ITA    +27.691
11  I. Clementi     Ducati        ITA    +36.444
12  S. Gimbert      Yamaha        FRA    +36.844
13  G. McCoy        Petronas      AUS    +37.012
14  S. Martin       Petronas      AUS    +39.262
15  G. Bussei       Kawasaki      ITA    +39.339
16  G. Vizziello    Yamaha        ITA    +40.702
17  J. Cardoso      Yamaha        ESP    +48.399
21  M. Praia        Yamaha        POR  +1'27.412

Race 2: 16 Laps

Pos.Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  C. Vermeulen    Honda         AUS  33'34.053
 2  N. Haga         Yamaha        JPN     +0.085
 3  J. Toseland     Ducati        GBR     +3.318
 4  T. Corser       Suzuki        AUS     +5.938
 5  A. Pitt         Yamaha        AUS     +6.394
 6  L. Lanzi        Ducati        ITA    +16.480
 7  M. Neukirchner  Honda         GER    +17.255
 8  K. Muggeridge   Honda         AUS    +22.338
 9  N. Abe          Yamaha        JPN    +30.801
10  B. Bostrom      Honda         USA    +34.071
11  Y. Kagayama     Suzuki        JPN    +36.480
12  G. McCoy        Petronas      AUS    +36.658
13  S. Gimbert      Yamaha        FRA    +37.165
14  P. Chili        Honda         ITA    +37.888
15  G. Bussei       Kawasaki      ITA    +38.414

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  C. Vermeulen    Honda         AUS   2' 4.685

Championship standings WSB

Pos.Rider                Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Troy Corser          Suzuki        AUS   370
 2  Chris Vermeulen      Honda         AUS   284
 3  Regis Laconi         Ducati        FRA   214
 4  Noriyuki Haga        Yamaha        JPN   203
 5  James Toseland       Ducati        GBR   197
 6  Yukio Kagayama       Suzuki        JPN   187
 7  Chris Walker         Kawasaki      GBR   130
 8  Pierfrancesco Chili  Honda         ITA   119
 9  Andrew Pitt          Yamaha        AUS   117
10  Karl Muggeridge      Honda         AUS   100
11  Norifumi Abe         Yamaha        JPN    95
12  Lorenzo Lanzi        Ducati        ITA    85
13  Max Neukirchner      Honda         GER    80
14  Giovanni Bussei      Kawasaki      ITA    48
15  Ben Bostrom          Honda         USA    39
16  Sebastien Gimbert    Yamaha        FRA    35

Manufacturers standings WSB

Pos.Manufacturer Points
 1  Suzuki        379
 2  Honda         300
 3  Ducati        293
 4  Yamaha        244
 5  Kawasaki      145
 6  Petronas       25

WSS : Curtain just misses Assen podium

Round: 9 - Netherlands
Circuit: Assen
Date: 4 September 2005
Crowd: 80000
Temp: 24ēC
Weather: Sunny

Kevin Curtain rode a strong and determined race to cut through the pack to take
fourth place at round nine of the Supersport World Championship in Assen.

The veteran Australian made a poor start but charged through to join the six
rider battle for the lead. The Yamaha R6 rider was able to drop Katsuaki
Fujiwara (Honda) in the closing stages, but despite some determined moves he was
unable to dislodge Michel Fabrizio (Honda) from the final podium spot, missing
out by just two tenths of a second at the flag.

Yamaha Motor Germany team-mate Broc Parkes rode a lonely race to seventh place.
Starting on the third row, the 23-year-old was able to make up several places in
the opening laps before settling into a rhythm in seventh. Parkes ended the day
six seconds behind sixth placed Robbin Harms (Honda) but nine in front of former
champion Stephane Chambon (Honda) in eighth.

The race was won by Fabien Foret (Honda), with fellow Frenchman Sebastien
Charpentier (Honda) taking second place to claim the title. Charpentier's
team-mate Fujiwara ended today's race in fifth, reducing his advantage to just
five points over Curtain in the battle for vice-champion. Parkes' seventh place
sees him retain that position in the championship.

Kevin Curtain

"I got a terrible start and rode as hard as I could but it was tough because the
Hondas just have that edge on us coming out of the corners. Our bike is really
strong at the top end but always they were making a little bit on us out of the
turn, which meant I was having to ride so hard. I did well to be into the
leading group and rode as good as I could today. We've closed the gap to
Fujiwara though and I'm targeting second in the championship now."

Broc Parkes

"A tough and lonely race today. I made up a few places in the opening laps but
from then on I was riding around on my own in seventh place. I thought I might
be able to catch the guys in front but they were just a bit too far ahead and I
had to settle into my own race. The Honda guys seemed to have it a bit easier
around here today but at least I've only got a week before the next race."

Race classification WSS

Round: 9 - Netherlands
Circuit: Assen
Circuit Length: 5997m
Lap Record: 2' 8.865 (Katsuaki Fujiwara, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  2' 8.165 (Sebastien Charpentier, 2005)

Race: 16 Laps

Pos.Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  F. Foret        Honda         FRA  34'37.800
 2  S. Charpentier  Honda         FRA     +0.258
 3  M. Fabrizio     Honda         ITA     +1.109
 4  K. Curtain      Yamaha        AUS     +1.380
 5  K. Fujiwara     Honda         JPN     +5.490
 6  R. Harms        Honda         DNK    +10.430
 7  B. Parkes       Yamaha        AUS    +16.765
 8  S. Chambon      Honda         FRA    +25.592
 9  T. Lauslehto    Honda         FIN    +25.648
10  X. Fores        Suzuki        ESP    +25.656
11  M. Lagrive      Suzuki        FRA    +25.870
12  J. Stigefelt    Honda         SWE    +26.015
13  A. Vos          Honda         NED    +26.017
14  J. Jansen       Suzuki        NED    +37.278
15  V. Kallio       Yamaha        FIN    +38.087

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  K. Fujiwara     Honda         JPN   2' 8.865

Championship standings WSS

Pos.Rider                  Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Sebastien Charpentier  Honda         FRA   210
 2  Katsuaki Fujiwara      Honda         JPN   127
 3  Kevin Curtain          Yamaha        AUS   122
 4  Fabien Foret           Honda         FRA   110
 5  Michel Fabrizio        Honda         ITA    98
 6  Stephane Chambon       Honda         FRA    76
 7  Broc Parkes            Yamaha        AUS    69
 8  Xavi Fores             Suzuki        ESP    58
 9  Gianluca Nannelli      Ducati        ITA    56
10  Tatu Lauslehto         Honda         FIN    49
11  Barry Veneman          Suzuki        NED    33
12  Johan Stigefelt        Honda         SWE    32
13  Robbin Harms           Honda         DNK    31
14  Alessio Corradi        Ducati        ITA    25
15  Craig Jones            Honda         GBR    18

Manufacturers standings WSS

Pos.Manufacturer Points
 1  Honda         225
 2  Yamaha        122
 3  Ducati         76
 4  Suzuki         71
 5  Kawasaki       21

European Superstock : R1 riders extend lead despite Assen drama

Round: 7 - Netherlands
Circuit: Assen
Date: 4 September 2005
Crowd: 80000
Temp: 18ēC
Weather: Sunny

Turkish ace Kenan Sofuoglu extended his lead in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup
after finishing third in a dramatic round seven in Assen today.

The Yamaha Motor Germany star grabbed the hole shot from his pole position and
held off early pressure from championship rival Craig Coxhell (Suzuki) and his
Yamaha Motor Germany team-mate Didier van Keymeulen.

Sofuoglu made a small gap after six laps but was unable to shake of his rivals.
Despite the closeness of the battle, the R1 rider looked set for a lights to
flag victory until Coxhell made a pass on the final lap.

Sofuoglu continued to pressure the Australian, who dramatically crashed going
into the final chicane. The Turkish rider had no where to go but straight into
the stricken Suzuki, but remarkably was able to remain on board his machine to
finish on the podium - despite running across the grass at the final chicane.

Italian Alessandro Polita found himself the fortuitous winner, with Van
Keymeulen able to sneak through into second. The Belgian had made a good start
from the second row to hold third in the opening laps, although he was to slip
back from the battle for the lead.

Fellow R1 rider Massimo Roccoli ended the day in fourth, taking him back to
second in the championship. The young Italian, riding for the Lorenzini by Leoni
squad, was with the leaders for the opening laps, but slipped back the leaders,
benefiting when fellow Italian Yamaha rider Luca Scassa and then Coxhell crashed
out late in the race.

Sofuoglu now has a 24 point advantage over Roccoli with three races remaining.
Van Keymeulen makes it three R1s in the top three, 25 behind his team-mate.
Coxhell, who remounted to finish 11th, remains in contention with 98 points, 29
behind Sofuoglu.

Didier van Keymeulen (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"Luck is on my side today. I made a good start but struggled a bit with my drive
from the exit of the corner. I was as fast as anyone through the corners though
and I could still see the three guys battling hard in front of me, so I kept
telling myself to push hard as you never know what can happen. In the end
something did happen and this was a big present for me. It's good for my
championship and I hope that we can go for the win in Lausitz."

Kenan Sofuoglu (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"That was just bad luck. What can I say? Even though I have been able to extend
my lead on Roccoli and Coxhell I still feel very disappointed to finish third
after leading the entire race. But now we only have to wait one week for the
next race and I am fired up to show win there at the team's home round."

Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni)

"I found this a difficult circuit as it has many fast changes of direction which
needs a lot of upper body strength. Unfortunately I am short and thin and
suffered arm pump! But I am very happy for the fourth place and I will push as
hard as I can in the last three races. I know the circuits at Imola and Magny
Cours, only Lausitz is new to me but I think also Sofuoglu does not know it so
well either." 

Race classification FIM Superstock 1000 Cup

Round: 7 - Netherlands
Circuit: Assen
Circuit Length: 5997m
Lap Record: 2' 8.422 (Alessandro Polita, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  2' 8.422 (Alessandro Polita, 2005)

Race: 11 Laps

Pos.Rider             Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  A. Polita         Suzuki        ITA  23'51.323
 2  D. Van Keymeulen  Yamaha        BEL     +1.508
 3  K. Sofuoglu       Yamaha        TUR     +6.754
 4  M. Roccoli        Yamaha        ITA     +9.215
 5  A. Badovini       MV Agusta     ITA    +14.956
 6  E. Rocamora       Suzuki        ESP    +15.095
 7  I. Dionsi         Suzuki        ITA    +15.655
 8  A. Martinez       Yamaha        ESP    +16.836
 9  W. De Angelis     Yamaha        ITA    +21.505
10  R. Chiarello      Suzuki        ITA    +25.927
11  C. Coxhell        Suzuki        AUS    +27.399
12  R. van Steenberg  Suzuki        NED    +30.317
13  S. Vermonden      Suzuki        BEL    +31.509
14  N. Saelens        Suzuki        BEL    +32.227
15  R. Cooper         Honda         GBR    +33.053

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider             Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  A. Polita         Suzuki        ITA   2' 8.422

Championship standings FIM Superstock 1000 Cup

Pos.Rider                 Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Kenan Sofuoglu        Yamaha        TUR   127
 2  Massimo Roccoli       Yamaha        ITA   103
 3  Didier Van Keymeulen  Yamaha        BEL   102
 4  Craig Coxhell         Suzuki        AUS    98
 5  Alessandro Polita     Suzuki        ITA    77
 6  Riccardo Chiarello    Suzuki        ITA    66
 7  Alex Martinez         Yamaha        ESP    46
 8  William De Angelis    Yamaha        ITA    44
 9  Ilario Dionsi         Suzuki        ITA    44
10  Luca Scassa           Yamaha        ITA    38
11  Ayrton Badovini       MV Agusta     ITA    35
12  Enrique Rocamora      Suzuki        ESP    34
13  Vittorio Iannuzzo     MV Agusta     ITA    30
14  Richard Cooper        Honda         GBR    25
15  Denis Sacchetti       Kawasaki      ITA    22