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


Katsuaki Fujiwara finished seventh in today's final World Supersport
championship race at Magny-Cours in France. The Japanese rider broke his hand in
a practice crash at Imola a week ago and, despite qualifying in fifth place,
fought through the pain barrier to complete 23 gruelling laps of the 4.4km
French circuit. He was rewarded by retaining third place in the overall series

His team-mate for the weekend, Dutchman Arie Vos, enjoyed an eventful debut for
the Winston Ten Kate Honda team as he replaced injured world champion Sbastien
Charpentier. The 29-year-old had fought his way up to sixth place by mid-race
distance but slid off on lap 16. Refusing to let go of his Honda CBR600RR, Vos
remounted to finish a creditable eleventh.

Ronald ten Kate - team manager:

"Well, the season didn't finish on a high because of the situation with
Sbastien and Kats struggling with injury, but there have definitely been some
highlights this weekend. Kats managed to secure third place in the championship
with his brave ride to seventh today. Arie's substitute ride was great, apart
from the small crash he had in the race. Before that, it was clear he was on for
a top seven finish, which would have been a fantastic result for him. All our
eyes are now focused on preparing for the 2006 season when we will be going all
out for our fifth consecutive World Supersport title."

Katsuaki Fujiwara - seventh

"The race was very tiring and 23 laps on my hand was just a bit too much. I have
had it in ice for most of the weekend when I have not been riding but trying to
use the clutch with a broken finger is very painful. I tried my best and it was
very important for me and the team to finish third in the championship. I am
pleased about that and now I can go and pick up my FIM medal tonight. Thank you
to the whole team for a fantastic season. Some more wins would have been nice
but, for my first year on the Honda CBR, it's not so bad."

Arie Vos - eleventh

"It's just been an amazing experience and an honour for me to spend the weekend
riding for the Winston Ten Kate Honda team. The whole set-up is so professional
and well-organised and it's been a privilege to be a part of it. Sbastien's
help was vital to help me learn the circuit and I was feeling quite comfortable
until I lost the front. Luckily, it wasn't too fast so I was able to pick up the
bike and carry on. I'm sorry that happened because the team has been fantastic
and it would have been great to bring the bike home in one piece for a better

World Supersport, Magny-Cours - results (23 laps, 101.453km):

 1 Broc Parkes AUS (Yamaha)                      40m12.350s
 2 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha)                       +0.750s
 3 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda)                      +1.215
 4 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda)                         +4.098
 5 Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki)                       +21.623
 6 Johan Stigefelt SWE (Honda)                     +23.448
 7 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda)  +30.108
 8 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda)                    +32.144
 9 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati)                  +32.408
10 Mattieu Lagrive FRA (Suzuki)                    +44.378
11 Arie Vos NED (Winston Ten Kate Honda)           +49.939

Final championship points:

Sbastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda)  210
Curtain                                         187
Fujiwara                                        149
Foret                                           144
Fabrizio                                        138
Parkes                                          125
Chambon                                          94
Nannelli                                         88
Fores                                            71
Tauto Lauslehto FIN (Honda)                      60