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Supersport World Championship Race Results

Losail International Circuit
Doha, Qatar
February 25, 2006

1. Sebastien CHARPENTIER (Hon CBR600RR) 18 laps, 37:30.955
2. Kevin CURTAIN (Yam YZF-R6), -5.396 seconds
3. Kenan SOFUOGLU (Hon CBR600RR), -11.657 seconds
4. Javier FORES (Yam YZF-R6), -38.142 seconds
5. Johan STIGEFELT (Hon CBR600RR), -39.168 seconds
6. Robin HARMS (Hon CBR600RR), -45.547 seconds
7. Massimo ROCCOLI (Yam YZF-R6), -47.631 seconds
8. Christian ZAISER (Duc 749R), -47.682 seconds
9. Gianluca VIZZIELLO (Yam YZF-R6), -48.575 seconds
10. Josh BROOKES (Duc 749R), -49.814 seconds
11. Sebastien LE GRELLE (Hon CBR600RR), -54.509 seconds
12. Anthony GOBERT (Yam YZF-R6), -54.702 seconds
13. William DE ANGELIS (Hon CBR600RR), -57.362 seconds
14. Tom TUNSTALL (Hon CBR600RR), -63.436 seconds
15. Gianluca NANNELLI (Yam YZF-R6), -65.482 seconds

18. Chris PERIS (Yam YZF-R6), -74.340 seconds

31. Katsuaki FUJIWARA (Hon CBR600RR), -14 laps, DNF
32. Broc PARKES (Yam YZF-R6), -17 laps, DNF

Charpentier starts defense of Supersport World Championship

Reigning Supersport champion Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) scored his first win at the Losail International Circuit, after an impressive display of front-running saw him lead every single one of the 18 laps. He also took the new lap record of 203.921, which was less than nine tenths from his new circuit best from qualifying. Having led most of the 2005 race at Losail, only to finish second behind his team-mate, Charpentier had all the motivation he needed to win this time around. After dropping his closest challenger Kevin Curtain with a handful of laps to go, he ran out a clear victor by 5.396 seconds.

Kevin Curtain gave the 2006 Yamaha YZF-R6 a promising debut, taking second place in today's opening world supersport round in Qatar.

The Yamaha Motor Germany rider rode a cautious race to take the flag behind world champion Sebastien Charpentier (Honda). Although despite having only had 90 minutes dry weather practice at the circuit, Curtain was still able to run under lap record pace to start the season with 20 valuable points.

Charpentier had made a good start to lead from the line and pull away in the opening laps, while the Australian rider endured some inimical moves from Kenan Sofuoglu (Honda).

Curtain was able to break away from his young Turkish opponent, running several laps on record pace to close right up with the champion. But Charpentier was able to increase his pace and build a gap over Curtain, who decided discretion was the better part of valour. Unsure of the endurance of his front tyre, he decided to bring his R6 home in a safe second place, five seconds behind Charpentier but a similar distance ahead of third placed Sofuoglu.

Anthony Gobert's world supersport debut saw him end up 12th on the Yamaha GMT94 machine.

Kevin Curtain "We're not that far off for the first time in a race with the new bike. We have a little bit to go yet but I'm really happy we can just about match them, especially in top speed. It was close but not close enough. Sebastien ran a fast race today, and the opposition has shown that they are still strong this year. But I am happy that the new R6 has performed this well this quickly so it can only get even better. We didn't have much time in the dry and I wasn't sure if the front tyre could last the distance. In the end it was fine but I didn't want to risk a DNF at this stage. Now it's off to Phillip Island, where we've already tested and have a good set-up, so that's something to look forward to."

Anthony Gobert "I struggled a bit at the start but once I got going and into the groove of it, it went better. There were so many things different today, the suspension, the gearing shorter and so on. By the time I had adjusted to the new settings I was 24th but then worked my way back up to 12th at the finish."