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(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
YRC News
WSB : Haga and Pitt move up in Germany

Round: 10 - Germany
Circuit: Lausitzring
Date: 11 September 2005
Crowd: 48500
Temp: 21ēC
Weather: Changeable

Yamaha Motor Italia riders Noriyuki Haga and Andrew Pitt moved themselves up the
Superbike World Championship table after a productive day at round 10 at
EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany.

Haga extended his run of successive podium finishes to seven with second and
third placings to move him up to third in the championship in the Yamaha
YZF-R1's debut season at this level. The Japanese ace overcame a weekend of
set-up problems throughout practice to push eventual winner Chris Vermeulen
(Honda) all the way in the opener, although he was denied the opportunity to
make a pass when rain brought the red flags out after 20 of the 24 scheduled
laps. Haga was again in the thick of the action in race two, battling with
Vermeulen and Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati) in a tough race that saw the Yamaha and
Ducati touch on several occasions. Despite setting the fastest lap in both
races, Haga was unable to make his tyres last race distance and slipped back to
third in the second race.

Pitt continued his consistent form with a brace of sixth places to move him up
two places in the championship to seventh overall in his rookie superbike
campaign. The Australian struggled with front tyre wear in both races but put in
a typically gritty performance to bring his R1 home for 20 points over the two

Yamaha Motor France rider Norick Abe put in a pair of solid performances on his
EuroSpeedway debut. The former MotoGP rider enjoyed some good battles in his two
races, finishing ninth and eighth. Team-mate Sebastien Gimbert scored two points
for 14th in race two.

Troy Corser (Suzuki) maintained his championship lead despite a race two crash.
He is now 60 points ahead of Vermeulen with two rounds remaining. Haga leads the
battle for third with Pitt in seventh. Despite his top 10 finishes, Abe slips
back to 12th. The penultimate round of the championship takes place at the Imola
circuit in Italy on 2 October.

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia)

"I tried so many different setting this weekend but I couldn't find one for the
race. Even in warm-up I was trying to get one that worked, so the race one
result was good and I am very happy with it. On the last five laps the tyres was
already finished and it was difficult to turn the bike. I had a plan to catch up
and pass Chris anyway, but then it started raining. Race two we had the same
tyre problem but it was more difficult because we made the full race distance.
Always I want to win but we really cannot complain with two podium finishes this

Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia)

"In the first race I could not carry any corner speed. I had to brake hard into
corners and that just lost me all my corner speed. If I ran in too fast the bike
just bounced off the track. Our usual advantage on the Yamaha is the ability to
carry corner speed but when you can't do that it limits the lap time. We used
the same front tyre in race one that we had been using all weekend with no
problems but it was destroyed in 12 laps. Maybe it had a lot to do with the fact
that the temperature then was a lot lower in race one than it had been in

Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France)

"My first race at Lausitz was race one and my second was race two! We changed
some parts between races and there was a lot less chatter at the beginning of
race two. I felt good for that, but as the rear tyre grip came down the chatter
returned so then I could not go faster. I made a good battle with Neukirchner,
which I lost, because we were passing each other a lot, but it was still a fun

Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha Motor France)

"Not such a good race for me. In the first race I had a problem that stopped the
bike steering properly and in the second race I felt like I had no power and no
grip from the rear. This is my first time in Lausitz and I do like the track,
just not the results. Now I must focus on the important Bol d'or 24 hour race
next weekend."

Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator - Yamaha Motor Italia)

"I think we have had a good race day, especially after practice, when we had
some trouble finding a good set-up. We did a good job, - Nori on the podium both
times and Andrew in sixth twice. So not too bad really, especially as Haga is
now in third place overall and Andrew seventh."

Martial Garcia (Team Manager - Yamaha Motor France)

"Not so bad for Norick, just the last lap for Neukirchner catching him was a
negative point. But the result is not so bad. For Gimbert we lost the first race
because and air duct was broken and he could not turn. In the second race he
took two points but it was not fantastic for him."

Race classification WSB

Round: 10 - Germany
Circuit: Lausitzring
Circuit Length: 4265m
Lap Record: 1' 39.679 (Ruben Xaus, 2002)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 39.019 (Lorenzo Lanzi, 2005)

Race: 20 Laps

Pos.Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  C. Vermeulen    Honda         AUS  33'36.341
 2  N. Haga         Yamaha        JPN     +0.269
 3  T. Corser       Suzuki        AUS     +2.299
 4  J. Toseland     Ducati        GBR     +7.058
 5  Y. Kagayama     Suzuki        JPN    +12.708
 6  A. Pitt         Yamaha        AUS    +14.053
 7  M. Neukirchner  Honda         GER    +16.616
 8  L. Lanzi        Ducati        ITA    +19.023
 9  N. Abe          Yamaha        JPN    +24.651
10  B. Bostrom      Honda         USA    +34.354
11  G. McCoy        Petronas      AUS    +44.385
12  G. Bussei       Kawasaki      ITA    +45.020
13  J. Cardoso      Yamaha        ESP    +51.811
14  N. Brignola     Ducati        ITA    +51.943
15  S. Cruciani     Kawasaki      ITA  +1' 4.111
16  M. Praia        Yamaha        POR  +1'18.520

Race 2: 24 Laps

Pos.Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  L. Lanzi        Ducati        ITA  40'20.947
 2  C. Vermeulen    Honda         AUS     +0.840
 3  N. Haga         Yamaha        JPN     +4.598
 4  Y. Kagayama     Suzuki        JPN     +5.291
 5  K. Muggeridge   Honda         AUS    +16.236
 6  A. Pitt         Yamaha        AUS    +18.362
 7  M. Neukirchner  Honda         GER    +26.360
 8  N. Abe          Yamaha        JPN    +26.453
 9  S. Martin       Petronas      AUS    +27.076
10  P. Chili        Honda         ITA    +37.303
11  J. Toseland     Ducati        GBR    +40.997
12  G. Bussei       Kawasaki      ITA    +44.309
13  T. Corser       Suzuki        AUS    +44.485
14  S. Gimbert      Yamaha        FRA    +48.459
15  B. Bostrom      Honda         USA    +53.264
18  M. Praia        Yamaha        POR  +1'24.896

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider           Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  N. Haga         Yamaha        JPN   1'39.790

Championship standings WSB

Pos.Rider                Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Troy Corser          Suzuki        AUS   389
 2  Chris Vermeulen      Honda         AUS   329
 3  Noriyuki Haga        Yamaha        JPN   239
 4  James Toseland       Ducati        GBR   215
 5  Regis Laconi         Ducati        FRA   214
 6  Yukio Kagayama       Suzuki        JPN   211
 7  Andrew Pitt          Yamaha        AUS   137
 8  Chris Walker         Kawasaki      GBR   130
 9  Pierfrancesco Chili  Honda         ITA   125
10  Lorenzo Lanzi        Ducati        ITA   118
11  Karl Muggeridge      Honda         AUS   111
12  Norifumi Abe         Yamaha        JPN   110
13  Max Neukirchner      Honda         GER    98
14  Giovanni Bussei      Kawasaki      ITA    56
15  Ben Bostrom          Honda         USA    46
16  Sebastien Gimbert    Yamaha        FRA    37

Manufacturers standings WSB

Pos.Manufacturer Points
 1  Suzuki        408
 2  Honda         345
 3  Ducati        331
 4  Yamaha        280
 5  Kawasaki      153
 6  Petronas       37

WSS : Curtain and Parkes give perfect result for Yamaha Germany

Round: 10 - Germany
Circuit: Lausitzring
Date: 11 September 2005
Crowd: 48500
Temp: 21ēC
Weather: Changeable

Kevin Curtain and Broc Parkes gave their Yamaha Motor Germany squad the perfect
result in the team's home round of the Supersport World Championship at
EuroSpeedway Lausitz.

The Australians finished first and second in the rain affected race, with
Curtain taking his third career win in the class, his first since winning at the
same venue four years ago, to move him up to second in the championship.

Starting from the front row, the pair set off at a rapid pace to head the field.
Recently crowned world champion Sebastien Chapentier (Honda) was the only man to
go with the R6 riders, but his challenge ended as early as lap three, when he
slid out from third position. Curtain was able to establish a two second lead
over his young countryman and a 10 second lead over third placed Robbin Harms
(Honda) when light drizzle brought the red flags out as the riders entered their
12th lap. A delay followed to allow the riders a 15 minute wet practice session
before the resumption of the race in virtually dry conditions.

Parkes took the lead in the second start with Curtain close behind. The
pre-stoppage order was restored on lap 15 of the 23 lap total, when Curtain
retook the lead. Hard charging Fabien Foret (Honda) took the lead on the road on
the final lap but with the Yamaha riders' dominance in part one, Curtain took
the win from Parkes by over three seconds, with Foret a further 10 seconds
behind in third.

With the championship decided in Charpentier's favour, Curtain moves up to
second in the standings, seven points clear of third placed Katsuaki Fujiwara
(Honda). Parkes' podium finish moves him up one place to sixth in the series.

Kevin Curtain

"I'm really pleased to get the win and it's a great reward for all the team's
hard work. It's been a tough year but we've never stopped trying. It was a bit
touch and go whether we could go the distance on the front tyre we chose today.
We had our strategy, which was to build as big a lead as possible and with the
red flags coming out we were able to take advantage of that a little."

Broc Parkes

"We made a lot of changes to the bike this weekend, especially to the gearing,
and it really transformed the R6 for me. We did all the hard work in the first
part of the race. The second half was easy: we knew the aggregate times and just
did what we had to do. It's great to be back on the podium and I really feel
that I'm back. We'll celebrate tonight and already I'm looking forward to Imola.
It's a track I love and right now I feel like I can go for the win there."

Race classification WSS

Round: 10 - Germany
Circuit: Lausitzring
Circuit Length: 4265m
Lap Record: 1' 42.438 (Kevin Curtain, 2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 42.017 (Sebastien Charpentier, 2005)

Race: 23 Laps

Pos.Rider         Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  K. Curtain    Yamaha        AUS  39'39.394
 2  B. Parkes     Yamaha        AUS     +2.578
 3  F. Foret      Honda         FRA    +12.033
 4  K. Fujiwara   Honda         JPN    +18.284
 5  M. Fabrizio   Honda         ITA    +25.996
 6  S. Chambon    Honda         FRA    +26.016
 7  A. Corradi    Ducati        ITA    +29.150
 8  J. Stigefelt  Honda         SWE    +32.326
 9  T. Lauslehto  Honda         FIN    +34.636
10  W. Daemen     Honda         BEL    +35.957
11  A. Tode       Honda         GER    +36.379
12  K. Andersen   Kawasaki      NOR    +39.176
13  R. Harms      Honda         DNK    +46.478
14  X. Fores      Suzuki        ESP    +53.369
15  J. Jansen     Suzuki        NED  +1'10.252

Championship standings WSS

Pos.Rider                  Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Sebastien Charpentier  Honda         FRA   210
 2  Kevin Curtain          Yamaha        AUS   147
 3  Katsuaki Fujiwara      Honda         JPN   140
 4  Fabien Foret           Honda         FRA   126
 5  Michel Fabrizio        Honda         ITA   109
 6  Broc Parkes            Yamaha        AUS    89
 7  Stephane Chambon       Honda         FRA    86
 8  Xavi Fores             Suzuki        ESP    60
 9  Tatu Lauslehto         Honda         FIN    56
10  Gianluca Nannelli      Ducati        ITA    56
11  Johan Stigefelt        Honda         SWE    40
12  Robbin Harms           Honda         DNK    34
13  Alessio Corradi        Ducati        ITA    34
14  Barry Veneman          Suzuki        NED    33
15  Craig Jones            Honda         GBR    18

Manufacturers standings WSS

Pos.Manufacturer Points
 1  Honda         241
 2  Yamaha        147
 3  Ducati         85
 4  Suzuki         73
 5  Kawasaki       25

FIM Superstock 1000 Cup : Van Keymeulen takes debut win amid Lausitz drama

Round: 8 - Germany
Circuit: Lausitzring
Date: 11 September 2005
Crowd: 48500
Temp: 20ēC
Weather: Overnight Rain

Didier van Keymeulen took his first FIM Superstock 1000 Cup win in a dramatic
race that saw Yamaha Motor Germany team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu given a 20 second
penalty after cutting a corner on the final lap.

In spite of overnight rain and a wet morning warm-up, a dry line greeted the
riders for the 14 lap race which saw Sofuoglu lead the field from start to
finish. But after making a mistake under braking on the final lap Sofuoglu, cut
across the wet grass. The Turkish rider was able to rejoin ahead of his
team-mate and take what he though was his fourth victory of the season, only for
race officials to apply the penalty after the flag and deny the Yamaha Motor
Germany team a one-two finish at their home race. After the penalty Sofuoglu was
credited with sixth place in the final classification.

On his first visit to the circuit, Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni rider Massimo
Roccoli ended the day in the grass. The 20-year-old from Rimini spent the
opening laps battling to pass Riccardo Chiarello (Suzuki) for fourth place,
finally getting by on lap five but finding the leading trio out of reach. A
mistake on lap nine, when he out braked himself into turn one, saw him slip back
to seventh only to crash out on the infield section one lap later. Yamaha rider
Luca Scassa eventually finished second, ahead of Chiarello.

With two rounds remaining Sofuoglu now leads his team-mate by 137 points to 127.
Craig Coxhell (Suzuki) is third on 109, with Roccoli still mathematically able
to take the championship, 34 points behind Sofuoglu with just 50 available.

Didier van Keymeulen (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"It feels good to finally take that win! I would rather not have won it this
way, of course I would rather have crossed the line ahead of Kenan but he did
pull in across me when he joined so maybe the result is fair. During the race I
could see that Kenan was looking behind him so I kept the pressure on. I think
on the last lap he wanted to make a gap and that's when he made the mistake.
This is my new tactic! I never looked at my pit board throughout the race, I
just kept pushing as hard as I could and was able to take advantage of Kenan's

Kenan Sofuoglu (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"I believe that today fate did not want me to win this race. Ok, I made a
mistake but I think that the penalty was harsh as I did not gain an advantage: I
was half-a-second ahead of Didier when I made the mistake and when I rejoined
the track he was right behind me. At least I scored some points today and kept
the championship lead."

Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni)

"I made a bad start and then made the mistake at the first corner. This let two
riders through and I knew that I had to pass them and chase after the leaders,
but I pushed so hard that I lost the front. When I saw what happened to Sofuoglu
it was even more disappointing, as I should have closed the points difference to
him. Now I will go to the last two races thinking only of the race win. I know
both the circuits and I want to show everyone exactly what I am capable of

Race classification FIM Superstock 1000 Cup

Round: 8 - Germany
Circuit: Lausitzring
Circuit Length: 4265m
Lap Record: 1' 42.612 (Kenan Sofuoglu, 2005)

Race: 14 Laps

Pos.Rider             Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  D. Van Keymeulen  Yamaha        BEL  24'11.899
 2  L. Scassa         Yamaha        ITA     +9.153
 3  R. Chiarello      Suzuki        ITA    +16.200
 4  A. Polita         Suzuki        ITA    +16.700
 5  C. Coxhell        Suzuki        AUS    +16.745
 6  K. Sofuoglu       Yamaha        TUR    +19.452
 7  E. Rocamora       Suzuki        ESP    +26.963
 8  A. Badovini       MV Agusta     ITA    +26.999
 9  R. Cooper         Honda         GBR    +29.581
10  W. De Angelis     Yamaha        ITA    +32.177
11  J. Mazuecos       Yamaha        ESP    +36.210
12  E. Pasini         Suzuki        ITA    +38.842
13  H. Gantner        Yamaha        CHE    +44.544
14  P. Solli          Yamaha        NOR    +46.165
15  M. Jerman         Suzuki        SVN    +48.306

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider             Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  K. Sofuoglu       Yamaha        TUR   1'42.612

Championship standings FIM Superstock 1000 Cup

Pos.Rider                 Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Kenan Sofuoglu        Yamaha        TUR   137
 2  Didier Van Keymeulen  Yamaha        BEL   127
 3  Craig Coxhell         Suzuki        AUS   109
 4  Massimo Roccoli       Yamaha        ITA   103
 5  Alessandro Polita     Suzuki        ITA    90
 6  Riccardo Chiarello    Suzuki        ITA    82
 7  Luca Scassa           Yamaha        ITA    58
 8  William De Angelis    Yamaha        ITA    50
 9  Alex Martinez         Yamaha        ESP    46
10  Ilario Dionsi         Suzuki        ITA    44
11  Ayrton Badovini       MV Agusta     ITA    43
12  Enrique Rocamora      Suzuki        ESP    43
13  Richard Cooper        Honda         GBR    32
14  Vittorio Iannuzzo     MV Agusta     ITA    30
15  Denis Sacchetti       Kawasaki      ITA    22