Press Release
(2005 FIM Supersport World Championship)
Winston Ten Kate Honda
World Supersport Championship - event preview
Round eight - Brands Hatch, GB (5-7 August 2005)


Winston Ten Kate Honda's World Supersport pairing of Sebastien Charpentier and
Katsuaki Fujiwara head for the 4.2km Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, GB, this
weekend for round eight of the championship that they have dominated all season.

Charpentier is in control with a 59-point advantage over his Japanese team-mate
but the Winston duo have taken all seven wins between them so far this year -
Charpentier's five to Fujiwara's two. Fujiwara missed the last outing at Brno in
the Czech Republic through injury but returns to the team at Brands Hatch after
partnering Winston team-mate, Chris Vermeulen, to an impressive second place in
last Sunday's Suzuka 8-hour race in Japan.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"It's going to be good to have Kats back in the team this weekend when he'll be
in good form after all his track time at Suzuka recently. Although he missed
Brno, the results didn't go too badly for him and he'll be looking to close the
gap on Sebastien at Brands Hatch. But Sebastien is in incredible form at the
moment and he likes the circuit. We found new some things for the CBR600RR at
our recent test at Lausitzring and we're looking forward to trying them out on
the unique circuit layout at Brands Hatch. I think we're in good shape to
continue our 100% record this season and hoping to have both riders up on the
podium again on Sunday."

Sebastien Charpentier - championship position 1st, 165 points:

"We had a good test at Lausitzring and managed a very good lap time as we
continue to look for new ways to improve the bike. I'm looking forward to seeing
Kats back in the team after his injury and his good performance at Suzuka. I
like Brands Hatch very much - the track is good and there are so many people,
including a lot of French fans who make the trip over. I have been on the podium
for the last two years there, third in 2003 and second behind Karl Muggeridge
last year after I led for nearly all the race. I'm hoping to go to the top step
this year and to improve my championship advantage again."

Katsuaki Fujiwara - championship position 2nd, 106 points:

"I'm looking forward to joining the team again after what seems like a long time
out. After Misano, I hurt my back testing for the 8-hour but I've had some good
recovery time at home in Japan and I've been taking heaps of calcium to speed up
the healing process. Chris (Vermeulen) and I got a good result at Suzuka, which
was my best ever finish there, so I'm hoping to bring that form back to Europe.
It will be a little strange riding the CBR600RR again after six weeks away but
Brands Hatch is OK for me and I won the Supersport race there in 2002. I want to
win to close the gap on Sebastien, so I'll be trying my hardest again this

World Supersport Championship points after seven of 12 rounds:

 1 Sebastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 165
 2 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda)     106
 3 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha)                          93
 4 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda)                            74
 5 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda)                         62
 6 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha)                            60
 7 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati)                      56
 8 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda)                        55
 9 Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki)                           47
10 Tauto Lauslehto FIN (Honda)                         40

Brands Hatch World Supersport event schedule:

Friday 5 August -   09.35-10.20 free practice
                    13.15-14.00 qualifying
Saturday 6 August - 10.00-10.45 free practice
                    13.45-14.30 qualifying
Sunday 7 August -   09.50-10.10 warm-up
                    13.20 race (23 laps, 96.531km)