Press Release
(2005 FIM Supersport World Championship)
Winston Ten Kate Honda
Round 12 - Magny-Cours, France (7-9 October 2005)


Winston Ten Kate Honda rider Sbastien Charpentier heads for his home race in
this weekend's World Supersport championship finale at Magny-Cours in France.
Although the 32-year-old Frenchman secured the 2005 World Supersport
championship a month ago at Assen, he has not scored a single point since, after
crashing out at Lausitz in Germany and missing last weekend's Imola race through

His Japanese team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara, also missed last Sunday's race
following a crash on his first free practice lap on Friday morning. The winner
of two races this season is keen to maintain third place in the 2005 World
Supersport championship standings and to finish his first season on Honda's
CBR600RR on a high note.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"Imola was definitely one of the most unusual and difficult race weekends for
us, with Kats crashing on Friday and Sbastien on Saturday, and both riders
missing the race on Sunday. Hopefully they will have both recovered sufficiently
for us to pick up the job where we left it on Friday in Imola - with Sbastien
setting the pole position time after completing just seven qualifying laps. The
fact that nobody was able to improve on his time the following day makes us
wonder what his performance might have been like in the race. It's been a
difficult couple of races actually, since Sbastien won the title in Assen and
we enjoyed that incredible high. The whole team and everyone else involved are
looking forward to the perfect end to this almost perfect season at Magny-Cours."

Sbastien Charpentier - championship position 1st, 210 points (World Supersport Champion 2005):

"It was a strange and very bad situation at Imola but, when I saw the conditions
on Sunday, I was glad I had made the decision not to race. The Supersport event
was very difficult for all the riders and I was happy that I had won the title
back in Assen! Now I have a fight to be fit enough to ride at Magny-Cours. I saw
my specialist in Paris on Tuesday and he has advised me not to ride but you know
what doctors are like. I prefer to leave it until Thursday to make the decision.
At the moment, I'm really looking forward to riding for my friends and family
and the French crowd at Magny-Cours and can't wait for this climax to a
fantastic season for me and my whole team."

Katsuaki Fujiwara - championship position 3rd, 140 points:

"I had a big crash at Imola and have some bruises all over my body, as well as a
broken finger. But I have been improving every day since last weekend and I
think that by next Friday at Magny-Cours, my only problem will be using the
clutch with my broken finger. We will try with the mechanics to make the clutch
action as light as possible so that I can race properly this weekend.
Unfortunately, because I missed the race at Imola, I cannot retake second place
in the championship but I am determined to finish in the top three by winning
the race on Sunday."

World Supersport Championship points after 11 of 12 rounds:

 1 Sbastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda)  210
 2 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha)                          167
 3 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda)      140
 4 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda)                            131
 5 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda)                         122
 6 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha)                            100
 7 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda)                         86
 8 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati)                       56
 9 Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki)                            60
 10 Tauto Lauslehto FIN (Honda)                         56

Magny-Cours World Supersport event schedule:

Friday   7 October - 09.35-10.20 free practice
                     13.15-14.00 qualifying
Saturday 8 October - 10.00-10.45 free practice
                     13.45-14.30 qualifying
Sunday   9 October - 09.50-10.10 warm-up
                     13.20 race (23 laps - 101.453 km)