Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
YRC News
WSB : Haga extends podium run as race two is cancelled

Round: 11 - Imola
Circuit: Imola
Date: 2 October 2005
Crowd: 78000
Temp: 20ēC
Weather: Changeable

Noriyuki Haga extended his run of podium finishes to eight at Imola today,
although the popular Japanese star was denied the opportunity to extend this
further after the day's second race was cancelled due to extreme weather.

What proved to be the day's only superbike race proved to be an exciting affair,
raced under wet weather rules but with an almost completely dry line around the
track. Away from the line, the Yamaha Motor Italia rider was involved in a
thrilling battle for third place with team-mate Andrew Pitt, James Toseland
(Ducati), Chris Walker (Kawasaki) and Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki), with Yamaha Motor
France's Norick Abe just behind in seventh.

With all riders running on slick tyres, conditions proved tricky with Kagayama,
Pitt and lastly Abe crashing after running off the dry line. British riders
Toseland and Walker both lost time, allowing Haga to take a well earned third
position, eight seconds behind winner Chris Vermeulen (Honda), who narrowly held
off Troy Corser (Suzuki).

Despite his spectacular crash on lap seven, Pitt rejoined in 18th place. The
Australian was able to continue and finish in 16th place, just missing a points
finish. Abe was not so fortunate and was forced to retire. His team-mate
Sebastien Gimbert put in his best performance since round three in Valencia,
coming home eighth.

Heavy rain arrived between the end of the second race and the scheduled start of
race two. The riders completed their sighting lap as planned, but as they came
round to form the grid at the end of the warm up lap it was clear that track
conditions were treacherous. The bikes were removed from the grid as race
direction evaluated the circuit conditions and after a delay of almost an hour,
during which the rain showed no signs of abating, the decision was made to
cancel the second race on safety grounds.

The cancellation means that Corser has been declared world champion as his 409
point total cannot be passed at next weekend's final round at Magny Cours in
France. Vermeulen is guaranteed second in the championship, he is currently on
354, while Haga's 16 points today consolidate his third in the championship. He
moves to 255 points with nearest rival Toseland 27 behind. Pitt's failure to
score sees him drop one place in the standings to eighth, with Abe staying 12th
in the championship.

Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia)

"The first race I was quite happy because in the end we found a good race tyre.
My lap times were as good as the leaders but because the dry line was very
narrow I could not pass Toseland easily and that let Troy and Chris get away. I
was actually looking forward to the second race because I have a good feeling
with the bike in the wet. In the end though I am smiling when they say no race
and I do not have to ride in the very bad rain!"

Sebastien Gimbert (Yamaha Motor France)

"Not so bad today, eighth position is good for me here. I had a good feeling
from the bike, even in final qualifying. After the Bol d'Or it was difficult to
make the adaption to a full Superbike again at the very start. For the second
race we could start - no problem! I like the wet."

Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia)

"In race one I just drifted a bit wide and touched the rumple strip. Lost the
front and went down. It was hard work on that sighting lap (for the second
race) - you couldn't see even the bike in front of you and you could not see the
corners. All the apexes were puddles and there was more rain after we left the

Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France)

"I was able to catch the group with Toseland and Haga but I just went a little
bit off the dry line and was straight down. It is a shame as I felt I could get
a good result and there was no chance to have a second race."

Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator - Yamaha Motor Italia)

"We said to both riders that it would be their own decision if the wanted to
start in the second race or not. They did not need to make one in the end. In
the race we did have, Noriyuki had a bad start and lost a few seconds in the
first laps but if he had got away with the leaders I think he could have stayed
with them. At one stage he and Toseland were almost a second faster, for 10 laps
or so. But a podium is good for Noriyuki, his eighth of the season."

Race classification WSB

Round: 11 - Imola
Circuit: Imola
Circuit Length: 4933m
Lap Record: 1' 48.389 (Troy Bayliss, 2002)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 48.075 (Chris Vermeulen, 2005)

Race: 21 Laps

Pos.Rider            Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  C. Vermeulen     Honda         AUS  39'35.789
 2  T. Corser        Suzuki        AUS     +0.297
 3  N. Haga          Yamaha        JPN     +8.313
 4  J. Toseland      Ducati        GBR    +15.339
 5  S. Martin        Petronas      AUS    +49.638
 6  C. Walker        Kawasaki      GBR    +50.072
 7  M. Neukirchner   Honda         GER    +52.175
 8  S. Gimbert       Yamaha        FRA    +52.381
 9  R. Laconi        Ducati        FRA    +57.834
10  G. Vizziello     Yamaha        ITA  +1' 5.727
11  G. Bussei        Kawasaki      ITA  +1' 8.332
12  M. Sanchini      Kawasaki      ITA  +1'10.289
13  B. Bostrom       Honda         USA  +1'10.786
14  M. Borciani      Ducati        ITA  +1'27.905
15  Y. Kagayama      Suzuki        JPN  +1'33.440
16  A. Pitt          Yamaha        AUS  +1'37.849
17  M. Prattichizzo  Kawasaki      ITA  +1 lap(s)

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider            Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  T. Corser        Suzuki        AUS   1'50.632

Championship standings WSB

Pos.Rider                Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Troy Corser          Suzuki        AUS   409
 2  Chris Vermeulen      Honda         AUS   354
 3  Noriyuki Haga        Yamaha        JPN   255
 4  James Toseland       Ducati        GBR   228
 5  Regis Laconi         Ducati        FRA   221
 6  Yukio Kagayama       Suzuki        JPN   212
 7  Chris Walker         Kawasaki      GBR   140
 8  Andrew Pitt          Yamaha        AUS   137
 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   107
14  Giovanni Bussei      Kawasaki      ITA    61
15  Ben Bostrom          Honda         USA    49
16  Sebastien Gimbert    Yamaha        FRA    45

Manufacturers standings WSB

Pos.Manufacturer Points
 1  Suzuki        428
 2  Honda         370
 3  Ducati        344
 4  Yamaha        296
 5  Kawasaki      163
 6  Petronas       48

WSS : Curtain confirms second in championship at soaking wet Imola

Round: 11 - Imola
Circuit: Imola
Date: 2 October 2005
Crowd: 78000
Temp: 20ēC
Weather: Changeable

Yamaha Motor Germany rider Kevin Curtain confirmed his second position in the
2005 Supersport World Championship with second place in a rain-soaked two-part
race in Imola today.

The opening half of the race was a pulsating classic supersport affair with
Yamaha riders Curtain and Broc Parkes mixing it up in a six-bike battle for the
lead. Parkes led most of the way but the red flags were brought out when rain
started to fall on the 14th lap. With the result pulled back one lap, an eight
lap second part was declared with the result decided on the aggregate time from
the two heats.

The restart took place with Parkes leading the pack from Curtain. Local rider
Gianluca Nannelli (Ducati) then put on an inspired display to take the lead and
pull away to win on the road and aggregate, while Curtain slotted in behind
Alessio Corradi (Ducati) to take third on the road and second on aggregate,
confirming his second place overall in the championship. Parkes slipped back to
sixth on the road, giving him fifth overall.

Curtain's 20 point haul moves him onto 167 points, 43 behind champion Sebastien
Charpentier (Honda) but 27 ahead of third placed Katsuaki Fujiwara (Honda) with
just next weekend's French round remaining. Parkes remains sixth in the
standings, on 100 points.

Kevin Curtain

"This weekend was always about securing second place in the championship and
that's exactly what we've done. The second part was extremely difficult and
although I had opportunity to pass Corradi on a few occasions I decided to play
it safe and not move off the line. I'm really happy to have secured second in
the championship. It's a great reward for the team, Yamaha and, of course,
myself. I'm already looking forward to next year and riding the new R6 but first
it's Magny Cours and a chance to go for a good result without any pressure for
the championship.

Broc Parkes

"The first part of the race was cool but in the wet I just had no grip at all. I
don't know if it was the shock, the tyre or what but obviously we didn't have
time to test. Nannelli came past me and I thought 'wow, he's fast' but I was
just spinning up everywhere and unable to do anything when they passed me. It's
disappointing because I felt we really could have got a result here, but in the
end I was just glad to bring it home."

Race classification WSS

Round: 11 - Imola
Circuit: Imola
Circuit Length: 4933m
Lap Record: 1' 53.122 (Kevin Curtain, 2003)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 51.592 (Karl Muggeridge, 2003)

Race: 21 Laps

Pos.Rider          Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  G. Nannelli    Ducati        ITA  42'55.695
 2  K. Curtain     Yamaha        AUS     +2.452
 3  A. Corradi     Ducati        ITA     +4.201
 4  M. Fabrizio    Honda         ITA     +7.965
 5  B. Parkes      Yamaha        AUS    +10.506
 6  A. Antonello   Kawasaki      ITA    +29.825
 7  A. Vos         Honda         NED    +41.764
 8  J. Stigefelt   Honda         SWE    +47.274
 9  C. Mariottini  Honda         ITA    +48.496
10  M. Lagrive     Suzuki        FRA  +1' 3.068
11  F. Foret       Honda         FRA  +1'14.967
12  J. Enjolras    Yamaha        FRA  +1'15.858
13  T. Miksovsky   Honda         CZE  +1'15.904
14  S. Penna       Honda         FIN  +1'21.678
15  N. Canepa      Kawasaki      ITA  +1'25.763

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider          Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  M. Fabrizio    Honda         ITA   1'52.646

Championship standings WSS

Pos.Rider                  Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Sebastien Charpentier  Honda         FRA   210
 2  Kevin Curtain          Yamaha        AUS   167
 3  Katsuaki Fujiwara      Honda         JPN   140
 4  Fabien Foret           Honda         FRA   131
 5  Michel Fabrizio        Honda         ITA   122
 6  Broc Parkes            Yamaha        AUS   100
 7  Stephane Chambon       Honda         FRA    86
 8  Gianluca Nannelli      Ducati        ITA    81
 9  Xavi Fores             Suzuki        ESP    60
10  Tatu Lauslehto         Honda         FIN    56
11  Alessio Corradi        Ducati        ITA    50
12  Johan Stigefelt        Honda         SWE    48
13  Robbin Harms           Honda         DNK    34
14  Barry Veneman          Suzuki        NED    33
15  Mattieu Lagrive        Suzuki        FRA    20

Manufacturers standings WSS

Pos.Manufacturer Points
 1  Honda         254
 2  Yamaha        167
 3  Ducati        110
 4  Suzuki         79
 5  Kawasaki       35

FIM Superstock 1000 Cup: Van Keymeulen sets up superstock title thriller

Round: 9 - Imola
Circuit: Imola
Date: 2 October 2005
Crowd: 78000
Temp: 15ēC
Weather: Wet

Didier van Keymeulen moved to the top of the 2005 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup to set
up a thrilling title finale with Yamaha Motor Germany team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu
next weekend.

The Belgian YZF-R1 finished fifth in a wet race while his Turkish colleague
suffered the first race crash of his 17 race superstock career on lap seven.
Heavy rain as the riders lined up on the grid made the notoriously slippery
Imola circuit treacherous. After a difficult qualifying session that saw him
start from the third row, Van Keymeulen moved through to lead after three laps
before deciding to take a more discretionary approach when local riders Riccardo
Chiarello and Alessandro Polita (both Suzuki) increased the pace to battle for
the lead. The Belgian rode close the gap to Sofuoglu and was ahead when his
team-mate crashed out. Despite slipping back to fifth on the final lap, Didier
was rewarded with a one point championship advantage to take to Magny Cours in
seven days times. Craig Coxhell (Suzuki) finished third to keep his championship
alive and ensure the title is a three-way battle. The Australian is now 13
points behind Van Keymeulen and will be ready to pounce should the Yamaha riders
slip up.

Italian rider Massimo Roccoli had a disappointing day in front of his home fans
and saw his slim title hopes evaporate. The lightweight Rimini rider struggled
for traction in the difficult conditions but fought his way through to ninth by
the end of the 13 lap race after making a bad start, the Yamaha Lorenzini by
Leoni rider now ties with Polita for fourth place but 28 points from the lead
with only 25 available.

Didier Van Keymeulen (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"I was surprised how cautious everyone was in the start while could I make a
great jump from 12th to something like fourth. Riding in the wet is never easy,
but my good start gave me a lot of confidence for the race. I tried to keep up
with the front runners to try and make a gap, but I was also being cautious not
to crash and I had to let Chiarello and Polita go. It's a shame that I lost one
place on the last lap, but I'm looking forward to Magny Cours and will give it
all I can there."

Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni)

"I have never had a good result in the rain and although I tried my best, today
did not change this. I had a lot of wheelspin off the line and this put me way
back in the pack. I tried hard, but today the others were too strong."

Kenan Sofuoglu (Yamaha Motor Germany)

"I'm disappointed because I was strong in qualifying and I like this track. I
tried to ride for the points but made a mistake and crashed. I must now look to
Magny Cours and although I am disappointed now I know that if I win the last
race I will win the championship."

Race classification FIM Superstock 1000 Cup

Round: 9 - Imola
Circuit: Imola
Circuit Length: 4933m
Lap Record: 1' 53.271 (Michel Fabrizio, 2003)
Fastest Lap Ever:  1' 52.004 (Kenan Sofuoglu, 2005)

Race: 3 Laps

Pos.Rider             Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  R. Chiarello      Suzuki        ITA  29'26.347
 2  A. Polita         Suzuki        ITA     +0.209
 3  C. Coxhell        Suzuki        AUS     +9.812
 4  I. Dionsi         Suzuki        ITA    +28.064
 5  D. Van Keymeulen  Yamaha        BEL    +28.173
 6  L. Scassa         Yamaha        ITA    +28.877
 7  J. Mazuecos       Yamaha        ESP    +38.223
 8  R. Cooper         Honda         GBR    +45.084
 9  M. Roccoli        Yamaha        ITA    +48.016
10  A. Martinez       Yamaha        ESP    +51.316
11  R. Lunadei        Yamaha        ITA    +52.291
12  G. Romanelli      Yamaha        ITA  +1' 1.199
13  J. Laverty        Suzuki        IRL  +1' 3.312
14  A. Badovini       MV Agusta     ITA  +1' 4.023
15  G. Rapicavoli     MV Agusta     ITA  +1' 7.011

Fastest Race Lap:
Pos.Rider             Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
 1  R. Chiarello      Suzuki        ITA   2' 9.871

Championship standings FIM Superstock 1000 Cup

Pos.Rider                 Manufacturer  Nat. Points
 1  Didier Van Keymeulen  Yamaha        BEL   138
 2  Kenan Sofuoglu        Yamaha        TUR   137
 3  Craig Coxhell         Suzuki        AUS   125
 4  Alessandro Polita     Suzuki        ITA   110
 5  Massimo Roccoli       Yamaha        ITA   110
 6  Riccardo Chiarello    Suzuki        ITA   107
 7  Luca Scassa           Yamaha        ITA    68
 8  Ilario Dionsi         Suzuki        ITA    57
 9  Alex Martinez         Yamaha        ESP    52
10  William De Angelis    Yamaha        ITA    50
11  Ayrton Badovini       MV Agusta     ITA    45
12  Enrique Rocamora      Suzuki        ESP    43
13  Richard Cooper        Honda         GBR    40
14  Vittorio Iannuzzo     MV Agusta     ITA    30
15  Denis Sacchetti       Kawasaki      ITA    22